Definition of "soma" [‖So•ma]

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

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Use "soma" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "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."
  • "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.""