Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An alkaloid drug, C11H17NO3, obtained from mescal buttons, which produces hallucinations. Also called peyote.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A psychedelic drug of the phenethylamine class found naturally in several species of cacti, including peyote, San Pedro, and Peruvian Torch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Methyl-3, 4, 5-trimethoxybenzylamine, (CH3O)3C6H2.CH2NHCH3, an alkaloid found in mescal-buttons. It crystallizes in needles which melt at 151° C.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the hallucinatory alkaloid that is the active agent in mescal buttons

Etymologies

From mescal (from Nahuatl) + -ine. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • To prepare for today, they have fasted from food and drink for four days, although the use of mescaline is encouraged.

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  • I’ve done LSD once and I’ve heard that mescaline is pretty damn potent as well.

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  • Frank was most knowledgeable on the subject and explained that peyote was a cactus that contained a powerful hallucinogen called mescaline and that it had been used by the indigenous people of central Mexico during certain religious rituals.

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  • Flashback to taking a hit of so-called mescaline in the summer after graduating from high school, turning on the TV, and for the first time watching the Watergate Hearings.

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  • She was on mescaline, which is a hallucinogenic drug.

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  • You would probably be more familiar with it as the drug mescaline, which is obtained from the button-top of the peyote cactus.

    Nightway

  • For example, a compound called mescaline, much like adrenalin in molecular structure, is found in a cactus native to the American southwest.

    The Human Brain

  • While I rather lamented the fact that I saw no hallucinations, shapes, lights or special effects (what is expected with peyote, which is chemically "mescaline"), the idea is that the sacred plant peyote meets you ": where you are", and perhaps, for me, that was precisely in profound unease with group dynamics?

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  • The charges that Jonathan Sloan, 29, faces in Jefferson County District Court include unlawful manufacturing and distribution of controlled substances, such as mescaline and lysergic acid amide, which is related to LSD.

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  • Timothy Leary's 'translation' of the latter, written in 1964, positioned the text within the psychedelic experience of experimenting with drugs such as mescaline, psilocybin and LSD.

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