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

I’ve got the deer-brush spotted, and we’ll pass an amole before we go very far.
Her Father’s Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter

The “soap-plant” (amole) is one which appears to be among the most serviceable.
What I Saw in California Edwin Bryant

amole and sagebrush and cactus vied with each other to relieve the dead, flat, monotonous brown.
Bred of the Desert Marcus Horton

Their food is amole, bellota and pinole and their chiefs are called Mule and Yuma.
The Aboriginal Population of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, California S. F. Cook

It was not long before Donald spied an amole, and having found one, discovered many others growing near.
Her Father’s Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter

Just where the desert began to climb the mountain Linda had for a long time watched a big bed of amole.
Her Father’s Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter

The prickly pear and the fruit of the amole, or hosh-kon, are much favored when ripe.
The Indians of the Painted Desert Region George Wharton James

amole root is macerated and beaten up and down in a bowl of water until a good lather and suds are produced.
The Indians of the Painted Desert Region George Wharton James

In the meantime eight or ten men have gathered the amole and soke.
Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2) Carl Lumholtz

They washed their clothing with a soapy root,—the amole, now similarly used by Indians and Mexicans throughout the Southwest.
The Spanish Pioneers Charles F. Lummis


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


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