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 (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.]
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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]
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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.
[1695–1705, Amer.; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl mexcalli intoxicant distilled from agave]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mescal - a small spineless globe-shaped cactusmescal - 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
magic mushroom, mescal button, sacred mushroom - the button-shaped top of the mescal cactus; a source of psilocybin
2.mescal - a colorless Mexican liquor distilled from fermented juices of certain desert plants of the genus Agavaceae (especially the century plant)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
Agave atrovirens, maguey - Mexican plant used especially for making pulque which is the source of the colorless Mexican liquor, mescal
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Along with the wildcatting, the bootlegging chapters (Hettie and Garret begin rumrunning Mexican mescal and tequila to earn wildcatting money) are the most colorful parts of the narrative.