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.
- coca , cocoa
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The establishment of coca plantations in the 1980s and 90s has fragmented the Yungas region.This rainbow-scaled lizard lived anonymously in the Andes—until now | Grace Wade | September 6, 2021 | Popular-Science
The government would buy all coca leaves and give them to Indigenous communities to produce food, medicine and fertilizers.
As drug traffickers, rebel groups and the government take turns locking horns or negotiating peace pacts, farmers in the hard-to-access Guayabero region often rely on coca paste … as a currency.
At nearly 10,000 feet above sea level, it’s certainly a consideration, but don’t despair — that’s what coca leaves are for.
Other demands voiced by protesters include the outlawing of fracking, acting on rampant police brutality, and putting an end to the spraying of chemicals on coca plants across the country, which are harmful to humans and the environment.Colombian President Pins Anti-Government Protests on Narco-Traffickers | Richard McColl | May 7, 2021 | The Daily Beast
coca-Cola was a wildly popular drink and hangover remedy because, well, it contained cocaine.
And, with coca-Cola announcing the launch of a new milk product, the beverage could be back in our hands before we know it.
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.
In the 1950s, Caesar and Your Show of Shows, his television show with Imogene coca, were household names.
Its name, signifying coca-field, or plantation, denotes that coca must formerly have been cultivated here.
The principal active constituent of coca-leaves was discovered about 1860 by Niemann, and called by him cocaine.An Epitome of the History of Medicine | Roswell Park
But heat does not suffice; great humidity is also necessary to coca.Coca and its Therapeutic Application, Third Edition | Angelo Mariani
Gazeau advises the use of coca for inflammations of the mouth and gums.Coca and its Therapeutic Application, Third Edition | Angelo Mariani
The dry coca is finely packed in woollen sacks, and covered with sand.
British Dictionary definitions for coca
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
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