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 (po͞ol′kā′, -kē, po͝ol′-)
A thick fermented alcoholic beverage made in Mexico from various species of agave.

[American Spanish, from Nahuatl (octli) poliuhqui, spoiled (pulque) : poliuh-, to perish, become spoiled + -qui, agent noun suff. (the Nahuatl designation of spoiled pulque probably being misunderstood by Spanish speakers as the word for all pulque because the drink spoils quickly).]
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(ˈpʊlkɪ; Spanish ˈpulke)
(Brewing) a light alcoholic drink from Mexico made from the juice of various agave plants, esp the maguey
[C17: from Mexican Spanish, apparently from Nahuatl, from puliuhqui decomposed, since it will only keep for a day]
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(ˈpʊl ki, -keɪ)

a fermented milky drink made from the juice of certain species of agave in Mexico.
[1685–95; < Mexican Spanish; ulterior orig. uncertain]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pulque - fermented Mexican drink from juice of various agave plants especially the maguey
alcohol, alcoholic beverage, alcoholic drink, inebriant, intoxicant - a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent; "alcohol (or drink) ruined him"
Agave atrovirens, maguey - Mexican plant used especially for making pulque which is the source of the colorless Mexican liquor, mescal
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Como conclusion podemos decir que, el hacer publica la venta del pulque, aumento el Real Erario con lo que hasta entonces habian alcanzado la opulencia tantas casas particulares; pero aumento tambien, y de manera desproporcionada, el numero de desordenes, delitos, y todo tipo de serios perjuicios para los ciudadanos y para el mismo imperio.
Many of the capital's cantinas are windowless rooms where men can knock back tequila or pulque, a creamy Aztec drink, while listening to melancholy ranchera ballads.
Pulque, an alcoholic drink fermented from maguey juice (also used to distill tequila) was the most popular drink of the masses, and the regulation of the pulque trade and pulquerias provided the government with the greatest challenge.
The cooked agave juice, known as "pulque," was consumed by the Aztecs for centuries.
The juice can be consumed raw as aguamiel but is normally fermented into pulque that is flavored with herbs, roots, and barks.