tequila

tequila

[tuh-kee-luh]
noun
1.
a strong liquor from Mexico, distilled from fermented mash of an agave.
2.
the plant itself, Agave tequilana.

Origin:
1840–50; after Tequila, a town in Jalisco, Mexico, a center for its production

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tequila (tɪˈkiːlə)
 
n
1.  a spirit that is distilled in Mexico from an agave plant and forms the basis of many mixed drinks
2.  the plant, Agave tequilana, from which this drink is made
 
[C19: from Mexican Spanish, from Tequila, region of Mexico]

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tequila
1849, from Amer.Sp. tequila, from Tequila, name of a district in central Mexico noted for the fine quality of its tequila. Tequila sunrise is attested by 1965.
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