ayahuasca

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

Definition of ayahuasca

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

Origin and Etymology of ayahuasca

American Spanish


First Known Use: 1870


Medical Dictionary

ayahuasca

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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

  1. :  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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