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mes·cal(mĕs-kăl′) also mez·cal (mĕz-kăl′)
1. See peyote.
a. A Mexican liquor distilled from the fermented sap of certain agaves.
b. A food prepared by cooking the large young flowering stalk of certain agaves.
c. An agave, especially one used for producing food or beverages.
[American Spanish, from Nahuatl mexcalli, cooked agave : metl, me-, agave + ixca, to bake + -l-, passive suffix + -tli, unpossessed absolute singular noun suffix.]
1. (Plants) Also called: peyote a spineless globe-shaped cactus, Lophophora williamsii, of Mexico and the southwestern US. Its button-like tubercles (mescal buttons) contain mescaline and are chewed by certain Indian tribes for their hallucinogenic effects
2. (Brewing) a colourless alcoholic spirit distilled from the fermented juice of certain agave plants
[C19: from American Spanish, from Nahuatl mexcalli the liquor, from metl maguey + ixcalli stew]
1. an alcoholic beverage distilled from certain species of agave.
2. any agave yielding this spirit.
3. Also called peyote. a species of spineless, dome-shaped cactus, Lophophora williamsii, of Texas and N Mexico.
4. mescal button.
[1695–1705, Amer.; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl mexcalli intoxicant distilled from agave]
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|Noun||1.||mescal - a small spineless globe-shaped cactus; source of mescal buttons|
cactus - any succulent plant of the family Cactaceae native chiefly to arid regions of the New World and usually having spines
genus Lophophora, Lophophora - two species of small cacti of northeastern Mexico and southwestern United States having rounded stems covered with jointed tubercles: mescal
|2.||mescal - a colorless Mexican liquor distilled from fermented juices of certain desert plants of the genus Agavaceae (especially the century plant)|
booze, hard drink, hard liquor, John Barleycorn, liquor, spirits, strong drink - an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented