- a hallucinogenic drink containing harmine, CHNO, prepared by Amazonian Indians from the bark of various vines of a genus (Banisteriopsis, esp. B. caapi) of the malpighia family
- any of these vines
Origin of ayahuascaAmerican Spanish ; from Quechua, literally , vine of the dead ; from aya, cadaver + huasca, vine
A hallucinogenic brew made from the bark and stems of a tropical South American vine of the genus Banisteriopsis, especially B. caapi, mixed with other psychotropic plants, used especially in shamanistic rituals by certain Amazonian Indian peoples.
Origin of ayahuascaAmerican Spanish, from Quechua, rope of the dead, narcotic : aya, corpse + huasca, rope.
- A giant vine native to South America (especially Banisteriopsis caapi), noted for its psychotropic properties.
- 2005: the Amazon forest people would take ayahuasca and enter into that place of Group Mind where they would make decisions for the tribe — Martin Torgoff, Can’t Find My Way Home (Simon & Schuster 2005, p. 414)
- Any of various psychoactive infusions or decoctions prepared from this vine.