One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An alkaloid, C₁₃H₁₉NO₃, present in the peyote and related cactuses, and formerly used as a hypnotic; 1,2-dimethyl-6,7-dimethoxy-8-hydroxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Chemical Society. From German Pellotin fromMexican Spanish pellote, variant of peyote + German -in.
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