Where did the term ‘huachicolero’ originate?

"Huachicol" may refer to a pole with a basket at its end made to pick fruit, according to the DEM

Where did the term ‘huachicolero’ originate?
The College of Mexico establishes that the term “huachicolero” refers to a person that picks fruit from trees using a tool called “huachicol" - Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 11/01/2019 19:44 Newsroom Mexico City Actualizada 19:44

The origins of the Mexican word “huachicol” are associated with “güacho,” which in turn derives from the Mayan word “waach.” According to the Mexican Academy of Language (AML), this word means “thief.”

Over time, however, the suffix “-ero” was added to the noun, resulting in the modern term "huachicolero," used in Mexico to designate people who adulterate alcohol to increase profit.

Huachicol” or “guachicol” has two common definitions: First is an adulterated alcoholic beverage, mostly made out of sugar cane. This term is included in a text called “Términos de tequila,” from the Mexican magazine “Artes de México.”

The second refers to a sort of pole with a basket at its end which is used to pick fruit, according to the Mexican Spanish Dictionary (DEM), published by the College of Mexico (COLMEX).

On their electronic version, the College of Mexico establishes that the term “huachicolero” refers to a person that picks fruit from trees using a tool called “huachicol.” Yet another definition refers to criminals who steal gasoline by piercing pipelines.
 

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