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 (ī′yə-wä′skə, ä′yə-)
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.

[American Spanish, from Quechua, rope of the dead, narcotic : aya, corpse + huasca, rope.]
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(ˌaɪəˈwɑːskə) or


(Plants) 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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(ˌɑ yəˈwɑ skə)

n., pl. -cas.
a woody South American vine, Banisteriopsis caapi, of the malpighia family, having bark that is the source of harmine, a hallucinogenic alkaloid used by Indians of the Amazon basin.
[< American Spanish; further orig. uncertain]
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The other plant, Banisteriopsis caapi, contains alkaloids that enhance the entheogenic effect.
Ayahuasca is an entheogenic brew made out of Banisteriopsis caapi vine and other ingredients.
Their goal: to partake in a brewed concoction made from a vine plant Banisteriopsis caapi, traditionally used by indigenous people for sacred religious ceremonies.
A necessidade que essas religioes tem de cultivar o cipo Banisteriopsis caapi, popularmente chamado de jagube ou mariri, e a folha Psychotria viridis, popularmente chamada de rainha ou chacrona, para o autoconsumo do cha Ayahuasca, bem como o reconhecimento por parte dessas instituicoes de que essas plantas precisam do ambiente florestal para um melhor desenvolvimento, estiveram no cerne desta pesquisa.
It is usually prepared by the prolonged concoction of the bark of the vine Banisteriopsis caapi together with the leaves of the shrub Psychotria viridis.
Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic tea that is most commonly comprised of the vine Banisteriopsis caapi alone or in combination with other plants such as Psychotria viridis [1].
The Quechua term ayahuasca, common in Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and parts of Ecuador, is used to refer to decoctions of the liana Banisteriopsis caapi with the leaves of Psychotria viridis.