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haoma

[hou-muh] /ˈhaʊ mə/
noun
1.
a leafless vine, Sarcostemma acidum, of eastern India, yielding a sour, milky juice.
2.
Also, homa. Zoroastrianism.
  1. a sacramental drink prepared with the juice of the haoma plant, milk, and water.
  2. (initial capital letter) a god personifying this sacred drink.
Origin of haoma
1885-1890
1885-90; < Avestan; cognate with soma2
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