ayahuasca

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Spanish, from Quechua ayawasca, from aya ‘spirit, ancestor’ + wasca ‘vine’.

Noun[edit]

ayahuasca (uncountable)

  1. A giant vine native to South America (especially Banisteriopsis caapi), noted for its psychotropic properties.
    • 2005: the Amazon forest people would take ayahuasca and enter into that place of Group Mind where they would make decisions for the tribe — Martin Torgoff, Can’t Find My Way Home (Simon & Schuster 2005, p. 414)
  2. Any of various psychoactive infusions or decoctions prepared from this vine.

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Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

ayahuasca f (plural ayahuascas)

  1. ayahuasca
  2. a psychotropic concoction prepared from said vine