Definition of anhalonium alkaloid
: any of a group of alkaloids (as hordenine, mescaline) that are found in peyote buttons and that are used as cerebral stimulants and motor depressants —called also cactus alkaloid
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Origin and Etymology of anhalonium alkaloid
New Latin Anhalonium, genus of cacti, from Greek an- + halōnion small threshing floor (equated with New Latin areola areole, from Latin, small open space, diminutive of area piece of level ground, threshing floor), diminutive of halōn threshing floor; from the belief that the areoles were lacking — more at halo
First Known Use: 1899
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