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[ah-yuh-wah-skuh] /ˌɑ yəˈwɑ skə/
a woody South American vine, Banisteriopsis caapi, of the malpighia family, having bark that is the source of harmine, a hallucinogenic alkaloid used by Amazon Indians.
Origin of ayahuasca
From American Spanish; further origin uncertain Unabridged
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  • They make use of a narcotic drink called ayahuasca, which produces effects similar to those of opium.

British Dictionary definitions for ayahuasca


a Brazilian plant, Banisteriopsis caapi, that has winged fruits and yields a powerful hallucinogenic alkaloid sometimes used to treat certain disorders of the central nervous system: family Malpighiaceae
Word Origin
C20: from Quechua
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