Definition of ayahuasca
: a hallucinogenic beverage prepared from the bark of a South American woody vine (Banisteriopsis caapi of the family Malpighiaceae)
Origin of ayahuasca
First Known Use: 1949
Medical Definition of ayahuasca
: a hallucinogenic beverage that is prepared from the bark of a South American woody vine (Banisteriopsis caapi of the family Malpighiaceae) typically in a mixture with other psychoactive plants (such as the shrub Psychotria viridis) <Their fascination with ayahuasca stems from a little-known mind-altering compound called dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, a substance the sacred tea contains by the bucketload.—Lisa Melton, New Scientist, 26 June 2004>; also : the woody vine (B. caapi) from which ayahuasca is prepared—called also caapi, yage
Variants of ayahuasca
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