mole poblan'

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Thu May 11 17:53:42 UTC 2006

I like the suggestion about chicken sex, but mole is also served with pork, 
turkey, and even raccoon. It seems more likely that mole poblano is aggressive 
and solid-colored, whereas mole poblana is gentler and comes in shades of 
colors like taupe and mauve.

In a message dated 5/11/06 1:39:18 PM, laurence.horn at YALE.EDU writes:

> >Well, check "mole poblana"--95 hits. It appears that MOLE is an epicene 
> noun
> >in Spanish.
> >
> Aha.  Maybe the deciding factor is the sex of the chicken. (FWIW,
> I've never seen "mole poblana" on a menu, and I've seen "mole
> poblano" a bunch.)

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