Mescal definition

mĕz-kăl
A colorless alcoholic liquor of Mexico made from pulque or other fermented agave juice: it is lower in quality and rougher in taste than tequila.
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A Mexican liquor distilled from the fermented sap of certain agaves.
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A food prepared by cooking the large young flowering stalk of certain agaves.
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An agave, especially one used for producing food or beverages.
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Any plant from which this liquor is made.
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A small, spineless cactus (Lophophora williamsii) of N Mexico and the SW U.S., with rounded stems, whose buttonlike tops (mescal buttons) are chewed, specif., in religious ceremonies by Mexican Indians, for their hallucinogenic effects.
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A Mexican alcoholic drink distilled from the fermented juice of the agave.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of mescal - mezcal

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mescal
Plural:
mescals

Origin of mescal

  • American Spanish from Nahuatl mexcalli mescal liquor metl maguey plant perhaps ixca, xca to bake

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Nahuatl or Classical Nahuatl mexcalli (“itoxicating drink made from fermented agave juice"), perhaps from metl (“maguey (agave)") + ixcalli (“stew").

    From Wiktionary