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A psychoactive powder made from a mixture of plant materials, especially the bark and resin of trees of the genus Virola (family Myristicaceae), which is used as snuff in rituals of the Yanomamo people of Venezuela and Brazil.
1960s; earliest use found in Natural History. From Yanomamö ebene. The forms epene and epena are also found in various other languages of the Yanomaman language family.
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