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psilocybin, n. An alkaloid, found in several mushrooms native to Central America (esp. of the genus Psilocybe), which when ingested produces hallucinogenic effects similar to those of LSD but milder and more short-lived. Cf. magic mushroom n. at MAGIC adj. Special uses. Psilocybin is the dihydrogen phosphate ester of psilocin. Formula: C12H17N2O4P. 1958 A. HOFMANN […]

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