consider the following excerpt from a document i am reading for ap us history, called "A Mexican Description of the Conquest of Mexico" (from the Florentine Codex):
It seemed that everything became confused; people went this way and that, scattering and darting about. It was as though everyone's tongue were out, everyone were preoccupied, everyone had been taking mushrooms, as though who knows what had been shown to everyone.
the text in bold kind of confused me, considering how this would be perceived in modern day (as in taking psychedelic mushrooms). however, i feel like the text is meaning something else and i have a few definitions from wiktionary to consider:
"one of the mushroom-shaped pegs in bar billiards"
"one who rises suddenly from a low condition in life; an upstart"
"something that grows very quickly or seems to appear suddenly"
all of these seem like they may work, but i'd like to know what you guys think. thanks in advance!