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mescal

  

      n  
1      (Also called)    peyote   a spineless globe-shaped cactus, Lophophora williamsii, of Mexico and the southwestern U.S. Its button-like tubercles (mescal buttons) contain mescaline and are chewed by certain Indian tribes for their hallucinogenic effects  
2    a colourless alcoholic spirit distilled from the fermented juice of certain agave plants  
     (C19: from American Spanish, from Nahuatl mexcalli the liquor, from metl maguey + ixcalli stew)  
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