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.

Nearby words

  1. axseed,
  2. axum,
  3. ay,
  4. ayacucho,
  5. ayah,
  6. ayala, pedro lópez de,
  7. ayana,
  8. ayande,
  9. ayatollah,
  10. ayckbourn

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



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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