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1. Any of several plants of the genus Dasylirion of the southwest United States and adjacent Mexico, having narrow spiny leaves, a short woody stem, and a large panicle of whitish flowers.
2. An alcoholic beverage distilled from the fermented sap of these plants.

[Mexican Spanish sotol, from Nahuatl zōtōlin, palm tree.]


(Botany) a plant of the agave family


(ˈsoʊ toʊl, soʊˈtoʊl)

any yuccalike plant of the genus Dasylirion, of the agave family, native to the southwestern U.S. and N Mexico.
[1880–85, Amer.; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl zōtōlin]
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Wild flowers blossom and the pipe organ cacti of the lower levels are replaced higher up by star-shaped sotol and yucca, which the Indians use to make everything from alcoholic drinks to baskets.
Masa Azul carries about 50 examples of each, with a small selection of other Mexican spirits such as raicilla, sotol and bacanora.
With special permission from the Park Service, the group descended from rocky desert studded with sotol, yucca, and prickly pear into the cool serenity of the cave's massive, gaping maw, stopping at the narrowest part of the entrance chamber about too feet down.
The Sotol is very similar to the Century Plants and other cacti that abound in the Desert Southwest.
Kids will love the thrilling pace and exciting challenges encountered by Chloe and Sotol in this front-row winner.
Sotol is made from the Dasilyrion (a short-stemmed succulent plant that is similar to agave) and is produced in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.
What is yotul 'cough' (Clauson 1972: 889-890) in Old Turkic has a low vowel in Uyghur yotel (UTIL 6: 638), Uzbek yotal (OTIL 1: 355), Kazakh zotel (Bektaev 2001: 207), Kirghiz jotol (Judaxin 1965: 266) and Yakut sotol (Slepcov 1972: 337).
The most common plant debris sheltering whipscorpions were fallen leaves or stems of lechuguilla (Agave lechuguilla), sotol (Dasylirion leiophyllum), blind prickly pear (Opuntia rufida), and rat-tail cactus (Coryphantha pottsii).
Ian also reviews tequila's sister drink, mezcal, as well as its ancestor, pulque, with some asides on other regional Mexican drinks like bacanora and sotol.
Paul Thornburg spins a sotol stalk between his palms, drilling friction into heat, then incubates a fire with his breath.
Even that wasn't a cinch, because the desolate vegetation - sagebrush, blackbrush-acacia, guajilla, sotol, yucca, and prickly pear - don't offer much cover for ground blinds.