Ayahuasca Definition

īyə-wäskə, äyə-
A hallucinogenic drink containing harmine, C13H12N2O, prepared by Amazonian Indians from the bark of various vines of a genus (Banisteriopsis, esp. B. caapi) of the malpighia family.
Webster's New World
Any of these vines.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage Medicine

A giant vine native to South America (especially Banisteriopsis caapi), noted for its psychotropic properties.

Any of various psychoactive infusions or decoctions prepared from this vine.

Origin of Ayahuasca

  • American Spanish from Quechua rope of the dead, narcotic aya corpse huasca rope

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Spanish, from Quechua ayawasca, from aya ‘spirit, ancestor’ + wasca ‘vine’.

    From Wiktionary

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