anhalonium alkaloid

noun an·ha·lo·ni·um alkaloid \ ˌan(h)əˈlōnēəm- \

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


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