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coca

[koh-kuh] /ˈkoʊ kə/
noun
1.
a shrub, Erythroxylon coca, native to the Andes, having simple, alternate leaves and small yellowish flowers.
2.
the dried leaves of this shrub, which are chewed for their stimulant properties and which yield cocaine and other alkaloids.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; < Spanish < Quechua kuka
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Coca

[koh-kuh] /ˈkoʊ kə/
noun
1.
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Examples from the web for coca
  • coca is a plant in the family erythroxylaceae, native to northwestern south america.
  • Bags of coca leaves are sold in local markets and by street vendors.
  • coca is used industrially in the cosmetics and food industries.
  • Ingesting coca leaves generally is an inefficient means of administering cocaine.
  • The effects of drinking coca tea are a mild stimulation and mood lift.
British Dictionary definitions for coca

coca

/ˈkəʊkə/
noun
1.
either of two shrubs, Erythroxylon coca or E. truxiuense, native to the Andes: family Erythroxylaceae
2.
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
C17: from Spanish, from Quechuan kúka
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Word Origin and History for 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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