1A North American desert plant of the agave family, with spiny-edged leaves and small white flowers.
Genus Dasylirion, family Agavaceae: several species, including smooth-leaf sotol (D. leiophyllum)Bleached stalks of agave and sotol pierce the cloudless blue sky.; The sugary trunks and leaf bases of Wheeler sotol have been used to feed cattle during droughts.; The snow over the desert clarified both the colors and the forms of its plants - Mormon tea, sotol, lechuguilla, leatherstem, acacias - and the hard frost retained the tracks of javelina.; An alternative derivation is from the Apache word tezlingo which refers to a native plant, probably sotol, and the alcoholic drink made from it.
- 1.1An alcoholic drink made from the sap of the sotol.Although the process is similar to that used for mezcal, sotol is not a mezcal, since it is not made from agave.; Rattlesnake, having skin and head and tail removed, is fermented in sotol for serious foot infections.; Like its cousins, Tequila and Mezcal, Sotol has its own denomination of origin.
- 1.1An alcoholic drink made from the sap of the sotol.
Late 19th century via American Spanish from Nahuatl tzotolli.