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pe·yo·te(pā-ō′tē) also pe·yo·tl (-ōt′l)
1. A spineless, dome-shaped cactus (Lophophora williamsii) native to Mexico and the southwest United States, having buttonlike tubercles that contain the hallucinogen mescaline and are traditionally used in rituals by certain Native American peoples. Also called mescal.
2. Peyote buttons.
[American Spanish, from Nahuatl peyotl, caterpillar cocoon, peyote (because the tufts of woolly hair in the center of its tubercles resemble caterpillar cocoons).]
(Plants) another name for mescal1
[Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl peyotl]
n., pl. -tes.
4. (in Mexico) any of several cacti related to or resembling mescal.
[1840–50, Amer.; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl peyotl]
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|Noun||1.||peyote - a small spineless globe-shaped cactus; source of mescal buttons|
cactus - any succulent plant of the family Cactaceae native chiefly to arid regions of the New World and usually having spines
genus Lophophora, Lophophora - two species of small cacti of northeastern Mexico and southwestern United States having rounded stems covered with jointed tubercles: mescal
|2.||peyote - the hallucinatory alkaloid that is the active agent in mescal buttons|
hallucinogen, hallucinogenic drug, psychedelic drug, psychodelic drug - a psychoactive drug that induces hallucinations or altered sensory experiences