coca

[ koh-kuh ]
/ ˈkoʊ kə /
|

noun

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
Can be confusedcacao chocolate coca cocoa coke

Definition for coca (2 of 2)

Coca

[ koh-kuh ]
/ ˈkoʊ kə /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for coca

coca

/ (ˈkəʊkə) /

noun

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

Word Origin for coca

C17: from Spanish, from Quechuan kúka
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Word Origin and History for coca

coca


n.

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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