peyote

noun pey·o·te \ pā-ˈō-tē \
variants: or less commonly peyotl play \pā-ˈō-tᵊl\
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

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

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Origin and Etymology of peyote

Mexican Spanish peyote, from Nahuatl peyotl peyote cactus


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peyote

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

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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