Word Origin noun, plural so·ma·ta , [ soh-m uh-t uh] /ˈsoʊ mə tə/ so·mas. . Biology the body of an organism as contrasted with its germ cells. Origin of soma 1 1830–40; < New Latin < Greek sôma body Origin of soma 2
Borrowed into English from
Sanskrit around 1820–30
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thorax British Dictionary definitions for somata noun plural -mata ( -mətə) or -mas the body of an organism, esp an animal, as distinct from the germ cells Word Origin for soma
C19: via New Latin from Greek
sōma the body an intoxicating plant juice drink used in Vedic rituals Word Origin for soma
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Word Origin and History for somata n.
name of an intoxicant used in ancient Vedic ritual, prepared from the juice of some East Indian plant, 1785, from Sanskrit
soma, from PIE *seu- "juice," from root *seue- (2) "to take liquid" (see sup (v.2)). In "Brave New World" (1932), the name of a state-dispensed narcotic producing euphoria and hallucination.
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The entire body of an organism, exclusive of the germ cells. The axial part of a body, including the head, neck, trunk, and tail. The body of a person as contrasted with the mind or psyche. cell body
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