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




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Examples from the Web for coca

Contemporary Examples of coca

Historical Examples of coca

  • 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 Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The name of “coca” is bestowed on them only when they are dried and prepared for use.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Scarcely one of these people is to be met with who is not an eater of coca—a “coquero.”

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

Word Origin for coca

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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