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mezcal

Definition:

a small spineless globe-shaped cactus; source of mescal buttons

Class:

plant noun (plants and fungi)

Plural:

mezcals

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

Lophophora williamsii [species] | mescal | peyote | peyotl | L. williamsii [abbreviation, species]

Etymology:

"plant of the genus Agave," found in deserts of Mexico and southwestern United...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Mezcal | mescal

a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the maguey plant native to Mexico. The word mezcal comes from Nahuatl mexcalli metl and ixcalli which means "oven-cooked agave". The maguey grows in many parts of Mexico, though most mezcal is made in Oaxaca... (41 of 2777 words, pronunciations, 8 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

mescal | mezcal | Lophophora williamsii [species, sense-specific] | peyote [synonym, sense-specific]

a spineless globe-shaped cactusof Mexico and the southwestern US. Its ... | a colourless alcoholic spirit distilled from the fermented juice of ... (21 of 238 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/mescal

American Heritage Dictionary:

mescal | mezcal [sense-specific]

See peyote. | A Mexican liquor distilled from the fermented juice of certain species of agave. | A food prepared by cooking the fleshy leaf base and ... (25 of 54 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mescal

Wiktionary:

mescal | mescals [plural] | mezcals [plural] | mezcal [sense-specific] | mexcal [rare, sense-specific]

A Mexican alcoholic drink distilled from the fermented juice of the agave. | The peyote cactus. (15 of 16 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/mescal

Merriam-Webster:

peyote | peyotl | mescal [sense-specific] | Lophophora williamsii [species, sense-specific]

a hallucinogenic drug containing mescaline that is derived from peyote ... | a small low spineless cactus of the southwestern United States and Mexico ... (23 of 80 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations, 1 image)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/peyote

Columbia Encyclopedia:

peyote | Lophophora williamsii [species]

spineless cactus, ingested by indigenous people in Mexico and the United States to produce visions. The plant is native to the southwestern United ... (23 of 238 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0838664​.html

New World Dictionary:

mescal [United States] | Lophophora williamsii [species, sense-specific]

a colorless alcoholic liquor of Mexico made from pulque or other fermented agave juice: it's lower in quality and rougher in taste than tequila | any ... (25 of 77 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

peyote | mescal [synonym, sense-specific] | Lophophora williamsii [species, sense-specific] | Cactaceae [family, member, sense-specific]

a small soft blue-green spineless cactus, native to Mexico and the southern United States. |.. | a hallucinogenic drug prepared from the peyote ... (22 of 59 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/peyote

Random House Dictionary:

mescal | peyote [synonym, sense-specific] | Lophophora williamsii [species, sense-specific]

an intoxicating beverage distilled from the fermented juice of certain species of agave. | any agave yielding this spirit. | either of two species of ... (23 of 51 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/mescal

Britannica Encyclopedia:

peyote [cactus] | mescal-button [synonym]

either of the two species of the cactus genus Lophophora, family Cactaceae, native to North America, almost exclusively to Mexico. Peyote is well ... (23 of 218 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/454720​/peyote

Macmillan British Dictionary:

peyote [countable] | peyotes [plural]

a cactus that grows mainly in Mexico and contains the powerful illegal drug mescalin that makes people who take it imagine they see and hear things (26 of 51 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/peyote

Cambridge Dictionary:

peyote [United States]

a type of cactus (a desert plant), part of which can be taken as a drug that makes you hallucinate (see things which do not exist) or the drug itself (30 of 41 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/peyote

Encarta Dictionary:

mescal | mescals [plural]

a colorless Mexican liquor distilled from the fermented sap of some species of agave plant | Same as peyote (18 of 49 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861629407​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

mescal

First use: 1702

Origin: "plant of the genus Agave," found in deserts of Mexico and southwestern United States, especially the American aloe, or maguey plant, from ... (23 of 66 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=mescal

Wiktionary:

mescal | mescals [plural]

Origin: Nahuatl or Classical Nahuatl mexcalli ("itoxicating drink made from fermented agave juice"), perhaps from metl ("maguey (agave)") + ixcalli ("stew").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/mescal

American Heritage Dictionary:

mescal

Origin: American Spanish, from Nahuatl mexcalli, mescal liquor: metl, maguey plant + perhaps ixca, xca, to bake.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mescal

Collins Dictionary:

mescal

First use: 19th century

Origin: from American Spanish, from Nahuatl mexcalli the liquor, from metlmaguey + ixcalli stew

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/mescal

Merriam-Webster:

mescal

First use: 1887

Origin: American Spanish mezcal, mescal, from Nahuatl mexcalli liquor made from the maguey plant

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/mescal

Oxford Dictionary:

mescal

First use: early 18th century

Origin: Spanish mezcal, from Nahuatl mexcalli

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/mescal

New World Dictionary:

mescal [United States]

Origin: Spanish mezcal from Nahuatl mexcalli

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mescal

Encarta Dictionary:

mescal | mescals [plural]

First use: Early 18th century

Origin: Spanish mezcal from Nahuatl mexcalli "mescal liquor"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861629407​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

the Free Dictionary:

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Collins Dictionary:

mescal

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Google Dictionary:

mescal | mescals [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

mescal

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