peyote

[pey-oh-tee; Spanish pe-yaw-te]
noun, plural peyotes [pey-oh-teez; Spanish pe-yaw-tes] .
1.
mescal ( def 3 ).
4.
(in Mexico) any of several cacti related to or resembling mescal.

Origin:
1840–50, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl peyotl

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peyote (peɪˈəʊtɪ, pɪ-)
 
n
another name for mescal
 
[Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl peyotl]

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peyote
"mescal cactus," 1849, from Mex.Sp. peyote, from Nahuatl peyotl, said to mean "caterpillar," the cactus so called in allusion to the downy button on top.
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Example sentences
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.
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