mes·​cal | \ me-ˈskal How to pronounce mescal (audio) , mə- \

Definition of mescal

2a : a usually colorless Mexican liquor made by distilling the fermented mash obtained following roasting of the thick central part of various agaves
b : an agave which mescal is produced : maguey

Examples of mescal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Diners can opt for other alcohol as well; one group recently chose to do it with a smoky mescal. Alina Dizik, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2018 The bar will feature a large selection of tequilas and mescals. Todd A. Price,, 31 Oct. 2017 Like at Barrio, Pablo y Pablo also boasts a big agave spirits list, around 70 different mescals and tequilas. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, 31 July 2017

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First Known Use of mescal

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mescal

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

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mes·​cal | \ me-ˈskal, mə- How to pronounce mescal (audio) \

Medical Definition of mescal

2a : a usually colorless Mexican liquor distilled especially from the central leaves of any of various fleshy-leaved agaves
b : a plant from which mescal is produced

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