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crystalline alkaloid, 1896, from German mezcalin (1896), so called because it originally was found in the buttons that grow atop the mescal cacti (see mescal). With chemical suffix -ine (2).
mescaline mes·ca·line (měs'kə-lēn', -lĭn)n. An alkaloid drug obtained from buttons of a small cactus (Lophophora williamsii) that has hallucinatory effects.