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peyote

[pey-oh-tee; Spanish pe-yaw-te] /peɪˈoʊ ti; Spanish pɛˈyɔ tɛ/
noun, plural peyotes
[pey-oh-teez; Spanish pe-yaw-tes] /peɪˈoʊ tiz; Spanish pɛˈyɔ tɛs/ (Show IPA)
1.
mescal (def 3).
3.
4.
(in Mexico) any of several cacti related to or resembling mescal.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl peyotl
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Examples from the web for peyote
  • McKenna was facing something that no shaman's rattle or peyote button was going to cure.
  • And there are peyote trips and all sorts of weird, supernatural things.
  • Mescaline is the active hallucinogenic ingredient in peyote.
  • The active ingredient in peyote is the hallucinogen mescaline.
British Dictionary definitions for peyote

peyote

/peɪˈəʊtɪ; pɪ-/
noun
1.
another name for mescal (sense 1)
Word Origin
Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl peyotl
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Word Origin and History for peyote
n.

"mescal cactus," 1849, from Mexican Spanish peyote, from Nahuatl peyotl, said to mean "caterpillar;" the cactus so called from the downy button on top.

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