Definition of peyote
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 : 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
Recent Examples of peyote from the Web
The federal agency planned to put it in the same classification as heroin and peyote, a class that indicates a high potential for abuse.
Other drugs in this category include heroin, peyote, and the club drug ecstasy.
Children were given peyote and encouraged to add to the wall painting as part of ceremonies, Salvador said.
This peyote trip was watchable instead of just weird because of the stakes involved.
None of the other Summer of Love drugs — magic mushrooms, peyote and LSD — were evident.
He had been fascinated by psychedelic drugs since reading about them as a student at Brooklyn College and had experimented with mescaline and peyote.
In a 5-4 decision, the court said the use of peyote was not protected by the First Amendment's guarantee of the free exercise of religion.
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Origin and Etymology of peyote
Mexican Spanish peyote, from Nahuatl peyotl peyote cactus
First Known Use: 1849See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of peyote
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: 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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