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amole

[uh-moh-ley; Spanish ah-maw-le] /əˈmoʊ leɪ; Spanish ɑˈmɔ lɛ/
noun, plural amoles
[uh-moh-leyz; Spanish ah-maw-les] /əˈmoʊ leɪz; Spanish ɑˈmɔ lɛs/ (Show IPA).
Southwestern U.S.
1.
the root of any of several plants, as Mexican species of agaves, used as a substitute for soap.
2.
any such plant itself.
Origin of amole
< Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl ahmōlli soap
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n.

1831, from Mexican Spanish amole, from Nahuatl (Aztec) amolli "soap-root."

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