peyote

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noun pey·o·te \pā-ˈō-tē\
variants: or less commonly

peyotl

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Definition of peyote

  1. 1 :  a hallucinogenic drug containing mescaline that is derived from the dried discoid tops of a cactus (Lophophora williamsii) and is used especially in the religious ceremonies of some American Indian peoples — see peyote button

  2. 2 :  a small, low, spineless cactus (Lophophora williamsii) of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico with rounded stems having jointed tubercles with tufts of usually woolly hairs —called also mescal

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Origin and Etymology of peyote

Mexican Spanish peyote, from Nahuatl peyotl peyote cactus


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peyote

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noun pey·o·te \pā-ˈōt-ē\
variants: also

peyotl

\-ˈōt-əl\play

Medical Definition of peyote

  1. 1:  a hallucinogenic drug containing mescaline that is derived from peyote buttons and used especially in the religious ceremonies of some American Indian peoples

  2. 2:  a small spineless cactus of the genus Lophophora (L. williamsii) of the southwestern United States and Mexico having rounded stems covered with jointed tubercules—called also mescal

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