Definitions

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

  • n. The entire body of an organism, exclusive of the germ cells.
  • n. See cell body.
  • n. The body of an individual as contrasted with the mind or psyche.
  • n. An intoxicating or hallucinogenic beverage, used as an offering to the Hindu gods and consumed by participants in Vedic ritual sacrifices.

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  • n. The whole axial portion of an animal, including the head, neck, trunk, and tail.
  • n. The bulbous part of a neuron, containing the cell nucleus.
  • n. A ritual drink in ancient Vedic and Persian cultures, dating to common Indo-Iranian period.
  • n. any kind of intoxicating drug

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The whole axial portion of an animal, including the head, neck, trunk, and tail.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Body.
  • n. In ancient India, a drink having intoxicating properties, expressed from the stems of a certain plant, and playing an important part in sacrifices, being offered especially to the god Indra. It was personified and deified, and worshiped as a god.
  • n. An East Indian plant, the probable source of the beverage soma.
  • n. In later Hind. myth., the moon, or the deity of the moon.
  • n. The body of a multicellular organism as contrasted with its germ-cells.

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  • n. leafless East Indian vine; its sour milky juice formerly used to make an intoxicating drink
  • n. personification of a sacred intoxicating drink used in Vedic ritual
  • n. alternative names for the body of a human being

Etymologies

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

New Latin sōma, from Greek, body; see teuə- in Indo-European roots.
Sanskrit somaḥ; akin to sunoti, he presses.

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From New Latin, from Ancient Greek σῶμα (sōma, "body").

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From Sanskrit सोम (sóma).

Examples

  • SOMA (from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley) - Named after the food of the Hindu gods, soma is a narcotic, aphrodisiac and entheogen used in the ritual worship of Our (Henry) Ford.

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  • Next thing you know she’ll be advocating some kind of Brave New World where the children are all reared at centers and adults are free to frolic in soma-induced hazes.

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  • In Aldous Huxley's futuristic classic of the 1930s, Brave New World, people constantly glide into a dreamy, cheery state caused by a drug called soma, which provides "all the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects."

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  • Is not the most natural hypothesis to suppose that things happen in this second case as in the first, and that the direct effect of the influence of the soma is a

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  • In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World there is a hallucinogenic called soma which gives you a marvellous combination of a high, minus any hangover.

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  • In "Brave New World" the word for "hot" is "pneumatic," and "orgy-porgy" is a cheerful rallying cry for hedonists, stimulated by an Ecstasy-like drug called soma, to pile onto one another and party down.

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  • He looks at the "soma," or whole person and examines the unconscious ways people hold their bodies, respond to stress situations, react to physical and verbal surprises, and through the way they move when under pressure.

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  • "soma" i.e. "Soma" is a male first name in Hungarian

    August 1, 2012

  • In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, people take a drug called soma to suppress negative feelings. The goverment encourages this practice in order to keep citizens perpetually happy and under control.

    Huxley describes the effects of the drug as:

    "Euphoric, narcotic, pleasantly hallucinant."

    Characters in the book use it to:

    "Take a holiday from reality whenever you like, and come back without so much as a headache or an apology."

    They frequently remind each other that:

    "And do remember that a gramme is better than a damn."

    June 27, 2009

  • See also: haoma.

    January 22, 2009

  • Also a Smashing Pumpkins song.

    May 3, 2008

  • A sort of drug immortalized in Adolus Huxley's Brave New World.

    '"Why don't you tke soma when you have these dreadful ideas of yours. You'd forget all about them. And instead of feeling miserable, you'd be jolly. So jolly."'

    April 28, 2008