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Amole \A*mo"le\, n. [Mex.] (Bot.) Any detergent plant, or the part of it used as a detergent, as the roots of Agave Americana, Chlorogalum pomeridianum, etc. [Sp. Amer. & Mex.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1831, from Mexican Spanish amole, from Nahuatl (Aztecan) amolli "soap-root."


n. 1 Any of various parts of the Agave (or similar) plants, when used as soap 2 Other Mexican and North American plants used as soap 3 # (taxlink Chlorogalum pomeridianum species noshow=1), soap plant, a California native plant used for soap 4 # (taxlink Sapindus saponaria species noshow=1), (vern wingleaf soapberry pedia=1)