ayahuasca definition by Webster's New World
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- 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: American Spanish ; from Quechua, literally , vine of the dead ; from aya, cadaver plush huasca, vine
ayahuasca definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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: American Spanish, from Quechua, rope of the dead, narcotic : aya, corpse + huasca, rope.