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haoma

[ hou-muh ]

noun

  1. a leafless vine, Sarcostemma acidum, of eastern India, yielding a sour, milky juice.
  2. Also 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.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of haoma1

1885–90; < Avestan; cognate with soma 2

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Example Sentences

At the ninth chapter of the book, the rhythmical chanting of the praises of Haoma is begun.

This god was regarded as assimilated to the earthly haoma, and as present in it.

Can the Haoma that has been touched with Nasu from a dead dog, or from a dead man, be made clean again?

Kava Huçrava, for whom in the Avesta the god Haoma contends, is without sickness and death (p. 37).

Yima was born to Vivanghana as a reward because he had first poured out the Haoma and worshipped the god.

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