[ 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.

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Origin of ayahuasca

From American Spanish; further origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for ayahuasca

  • They make use of a narcotic drink called Ayahuasca, which produces effects similar to those of opium.

British Dictionary definitions for ayahuasca


/ (ˌaɪəˈwɑːskə) /


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 for ayahuasca

C20: from Quechua
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