1 [soh-muh]
noun, plural somata [soh-muh-tuh] , somas. Biology.
the body of an organism as contrasted with its germ cells.

1830–40; < Neo-Latin < Greek sôma body Unabridged


2 [soh-muh] ,
haoma ( def 1 ).

1820–30; < Sanskrit Unabridged
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soma1 (ˈsəʊmə)
n , pl -mata, -mas
the body of an organism, esp an animal, as distinct from the germ cells
[C19: via New Latin from Greek sōma the body]

soma2 (ˈsəʊmə)
an intoxicating plant juice drink used in Vedic rituals
[from Sanskrit]

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name of an intoxicant used in ancient Vedic ritual, prepared from the juice of some plant, from Skt. soma, from PIE *seu- "juice," from base *seue- "to take liquid" (see sup (2)). In "Brave New World" (1932), the name of a state-dispensed narcotic producing euphoria and hallucination.
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soma so·ma (sō'mə)
n. pl. so·mas or so·ma·ta (-mə-tə)

  1. The entire body of an organism, exclusive of the germ cells.

  2. The axial part of a body, including the head, neck, trunk, and tail.

  3. The body of a person as contrasted with the mind or psyche.

  4. See cell body.

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