coca

noun
co·​ca | \ ˈkō-kə How to pronounce coca (audio) \

Definition of coca

1 : any of several South American shrubs (genus Erythroxylon, family Erythroxylaceae) especially : one (E. coca) that is the primary source of cocaine
2 : dried leaves of a coca (especially Erythroxylon coca) containing alkaloids including cocaine

Examples of coca in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pressured by the armed forces, Mr. Morales announced his resignation from his stronghold in the coca farming region of Cochabamba Province on Sunday, and flew into exile the next day. Anatoly Kurmanaev, New York Times, "Ethnic Rifts in Bolivia Burst Into View With Fall of Evo Morales," 15 Nov. 2019 During Colombia’s long years of war, violence became a cover in some areas for massive coca production. Los Angeles Times, "Guerrillas’ return to arms in Colombia complicates U.S. policy in Latin America," 4 Sep. 2019 The mummy’s accompanying funerary objects, including a small clay jar, pouches, maize, beans, grasses and coca, will be exhibited in the Bolivian city through November 2. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "500-Year-Old Inca Mummy Repatriated to Bolivia," 22 Aug. 2019 Its fields, chopped from the forest over the past few decades, produced plentiful coca. The Economist, "Cocaine production in Colombia is at historic highs," 5 July 2019 Colombia in recent years rejected U.S. programs to eradicate coca by aerial spraying, in part because of health concerns. Los Angeles Times, "Guerrillas’ return to arms in Colombia complicates U.S. policy in Latin America," 4 Sep. 2019 Police dogs in Colombia often participate in dangerous missions, sniffing out landmines for officers who eradicate coca fields, or rescuing bodies in combat zones. Joshua Goodman And Manuel Rueda, Fox News, "Colombia honors 14 sniffer dogs at emotional retirement," 21 Sep. 2018 On the suggestion of the anthropologists, Vargas Llosa offered a tinkay, a ritual offering of coca leaves and cane liquor. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "A Jagged Scrap of History," 24 June 2019 The analysis revealed traces of bufotenine, benzoylecgonine (BZE) and cocaine (likely from coca leaf), dimethyltryptamine (DMT), harmine, and possibly psilocin, a chemical component of psychedelic mushrooms. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Ancient hallucinogens found in 1,000-year-old shamanic pouch," 6 May 2019

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First Known Use of coca

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coca

Spanish, from Quechua kuka

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“Coca.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coca. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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coca

noun
co·​ca | \ ˈkō-kə How to pronounce coca (audio) \

Medical Definition of coca

1 : any of several South American shrubs (genus Erythroxylon of the family Erythroxylaceae) especially : one (E. coca) that is the primary source of cocaine
2 : dried leaves of a coca (as Erythroxylon coca) containing alkaloids including cocaine

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