ayahuasca

noun
aya·hua·sca | \ ˌī-yə-ˈhwäs-kə , -ˈwäs- \

Definition of ayahuasca 

: a hallucinogenic beverage prepared from the bark of a South American woody vine (Banisteriopsis caapi of the family Malpighiaceae)

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Each year, thousands of tourists from the United States, Australia, and Canada travel to the Peruvian Amazon to experiment with ayahuasca, also known as yage. Samantha Schmidt, BostonGlobe.com, "Arrests loom after Peruvian villagers ‘lynch’ tourist accused of killing their shaman," 24 Apr. 2018 Quick backstory for the uninitiated: Father John Misty is the swaggering, hallucinogen-taking, loudmouthed alter ego of Josh Tillman, a persona that sprang to life from Tillman’s psyche after tripping on ayahuasca with a Canadian shaman. Robert Steiner, BostonGlobe.com, "The confessions of Father John Misty," 30 May 2018 Anthropologists say the region's history of violence and lawlessness could be replicating itself in the virtually unregulated ayahuasca industry. Franklin Briceno, chicagotribune.com, "Psychedelic tourism thrives in Peru despite recent killing," 8 June 2018 Anthropologists say the region's history of violence and lawlessness could be replicating itself in the virtually unregulated ayahuasca industry. Fox News, "Psychedelic tourism thrives in Peru despite recent killing," 7 June 2018 Anthropologists say the region’s history of violence and lawlessness could be replicating itself in the virtually unregulated ayahuasca industry. Washington Post, "Psychedelic tourism thrives in Peru despite recent killing," 7 June 2018 The tourist had to kill the British man in self-defense, the paper wrote — one of several violent incidents linked to ayahuasca tourism. Samantha Schmidt, BostonGlobe.com, "Arrests loom after Peruvian villagers ‘lynch’ tourist accused of killing their shaman," 24 Apr. 2018 In 2015, a Canadian fatally stabbed a fellow tourist from England after the two drank ayahuasca together in a spiritual ceremony a few hours' drive from where Woodroffe was killed. Fox News, "Canadian man dragged by the neck and lynched by Peruvian mob after being accused of shaman's death," 23 Apr. 2018 Salt pumps up the va-va-volume, while powerful plant ingredients like palo santo, rosemary oil, and ayahuasca from the Amazon add shine and scalp nourishment. Allison Young, Sunset, "10 Essential Summer Beauty Products," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of ayahuasca

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ayahuasca

American Spanish

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ayahuasca

noun
aya·hua·sca | \ ˌī-ə-ˈ(h)wä-skə \
variants: also ayahuasco \ˌī-ə-ˈ(h)wä-(ˌ)skō, -skə \

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

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