hoas·​ca ˈwa-skə How to pronounce hoasca (audio)
: ayahuasca
Hoasca … is brewed from two plants that grow in the Amazon River Basin, and it contains DMT, a hallucinogen that the American government regards as a controlled substance.Jeffrey Toobin
Today this bitter tea, also known as hoasca, has become the sacramental ritual of two modern religions in Brazil.Lisa Melton

Word History


borrowed from Brazilian Portuguese, probably borrowed, with the loss of the initial syllables, from American Spanish ayahuasca ayahuasca

First Known Use

1996, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hoasca was in 1996

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Cite this Entry

“Hoasca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoasca. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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