from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A hallucinogenic brew made from the bark and stems of a tropical South American vine of the genus Banisteriopsis, especially B. caapi, mixed with other psychotropic plants, used especially in shamanistic rituals by certain Amazonian Indian peoples.

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  • noun A giant vine native to South America (especially Banisteriopsis caapi), noted for its psychotropic properties.
  • noun Any of various psychoactive infusions or decoctions prepared from this vine.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

American Spanish, from Quechua, rope of the dead, narcotic : aya, corpse + huasca, rope.

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


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    April 13, 2009

  • ~various names for "ayahuasca"

    * "caapi", "cipó," "hoasca" or "daime" in Brazil

    * "yagé" or "yajé" (both pronounced �?aˈhe) in Colombia; popularized in English by the beat generation writers William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg in The Yage Letters. The name yajé is also mentioned in an X-files episode.

    * "ayahuasca" or "ayawaska" ("vine of the dead" or "vine of souls": in Quechua, aya means "spirit," "ancestor," or "dead person," while waska means "vine" or "rope") in Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru, and to a lesser extent in Brazil. The spelling ayahuasca is the hispanicized version of the name; many Quechua or Aymara speakers would prefer the spelling ayawaska. The name is properly that of the plant B. caapi, one of the primary sources of beta-carbolines for the brew.

    * "natem" amongst the indigenous Shuar people of Peru.

    * "Grandmother"


    January 18, 2009

  • Ayahuasca (pronounced ajaˈwaska in the Quechua language) is any of various psychoactive infusions or decoctions prepared from the Banisteriopsis spp. vine, usually mixed with the leaves of the Psychotria bush. It was first described academically in the early 1950's by the late Harvard ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes who found it employed for divinatory and healing purposes by Amerindians of Amazonian Colombia.

    January 18, 2009