ayahuasca

[ah-yuh-wah-skuh]
noun
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.

Origin:
< American Spanish; further origin uncertain

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ayahuasca (ˌaɪəˈwɑːskə)
 
n
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
 
[C20: from Quechua]

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