ayahuasca

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Spanish, from Quechua ayawaska, from aya ‎(spirit, ancestor) + waska ‎(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.

Synonyms[edit]

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Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

ayahuasca f (plural ayahuascas)

  1. ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis caapi, a vine of South America)
  2. ayahuasca (psychoactive infusion made from the ayahuasca vine)

Synonyms[edit]

  • (Banisteriopsis caapi): iagê
  • (psychoactive infusions): daime

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

ayahuasca f ‎(plural ayahuascas)

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