- 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.