noun, plural a·mo·les [uhmoh-leyz; Spanish ah-maw-les] /əˈmoʊ leɪz; Spanish ɑˈmɔ lɛs/. Southwestern U.S.

  1. the root of any of several plants, as Mexican species of agaves, used as a substitute for soap.
  2. any such plant itself.

1831, from Mexican Spanish amole, from Nahuatl (Aztec) amolli “soap-root.”

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