noun \ˈsō-mə\

Definition of SOMA

:  an intoxicating juice from a plant of disputed identity that was used in ancient India as an offering to the gods and as a drink of immortality by worshippers in Vedic ritual and worshipped in personified form as a Vedic god

Origin of SOMA

Sanskrit; akin to Avestan haoma, a Zoroastrian ritual drink, Sanskrit sunoti he presses out
First Known Use: 1827

Rhymes with SOMA


plural so·ma·ta \ˈsō-mə-tə\ or somas

Definition of SOMA

:  the body of an organism
:  all of an organism except the germ cells
:  cell body

Origin of SOMA

New Latin somat-, soma, from Greek sōmat-, sōma body
First Known Use: circa 1885


noun \ˈsō-mə\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural so·ma·ta \ˈsō-mət-ə\ or somas

Medical Definition of SOMA

: the body of an organism
: all of an organism except the germ cells


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In ancient Indian religion, an unidentified plant, the juice of which was an offering of the Vedic sacrifices. Its stalks were pressed, and its juice, filtered through wool, was mixed with water and milk. After being offered as a libation to the gods, the remainder of the soma was consumed by the priests and the sacrificer. It was highly valued for its exhilarating, probably hallucinogenic, effect. The plant was believed to have been delivered to the earth from heaven by an eagle. The personified deity Soma was the master of plants, healer of disease, and bestower of riches. See also Vedic religion.


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