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peyote

Pronunciation: pa-yo'te, pa-yo'tel

Definition: Aztec name for Lophophora williamsii, a small cactus indigenous to Mexico and the southwestern U.S. used in Native American tribal ceremonies, to induce trances and hallucinations; the principal active component of peyote is mescaline.

Synonym(s): pellote

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