- a shrub, Erythroxylon coca, native to the Andes, having simple, alternate leaves and small yellowish flowers.
- the dried leaves of this shrub, which are chewed for their stimulant properties and which yield cocaine and other alkaloids.
Origin of coca
1610–20; < Spanish < Quechua kuka
- Imogene,1908–2001, U.S. comic actress.
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Examples from the Web for coca
Coca leaf, on the other hand, was criminalized after the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 (PDF), says Huertas.
Cocaine comes from the coca plant, which grows in the Andes and is considered sacred.
Right-wing conservatives were in a tizzy over Coca Cola's new ad.
The Coca Cola Company—as is its wont—had one of the best ads to air on Super Bowl Sunday.
I became obsessed with the tiny white chunks of coca that changed hands all around me.Haunted by the Coca Leaf in ‘The Sound of Things Falling’
July 31, 2013
You will find him at the Coca Tree every day of the week between two and four of the clock.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Then I followed, and found that the bags of coca had already arrived.The Romance of Golden Star ...
George Chetwynd Griffith
Thus the coca leaf is a great source of comfort and enjoyment.
The name of “coca” is bestowed on them only when they are dried and prepared for use.
Scarcely one of these people is to be met with who is not an eater of coca—a “coquero.”The Forest Exiles
- either of two shrubs, Erythroxylon coca or E. truxiuense, native to the Andes: family Erythroxylaceae
- the dried leaves of these shrubs and related plants, which contain cocaine and are chewed by the peoples of the Andes for their stimulating effects
C17: from Spanish, from Quechuan kúka
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Word Origin and History for coca
South American plant, 1570s, from Spanish coca, from Quechua cuca, which is perhaps ultimately from Aymara, a native language of Bolivia.
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