cocaine

noun
co·​caine | \ kō-ˈkān How to pronounce cocaine (audio) , ˈkō-ˌkān \

Definition of cocaine

: a bitter crystalline alkaloid C17H21NO4 obtained from coca leaves that is used especially in the form of its hydrochloride medically as a topical anesthetic and illicitly for its euphoric effects and that may result in a compulsive psychological need

Examples of cocaine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cocaine is shipped from Buenaventura to partner cartels in Central America and on to the U.S. or directly to Europe – the world’s biggest cocaine markets. Shauna N Gillooly, The Conversation, 27 May 2021 All of this is scored not just to a driving disco beat but to the repetitive whoosh of cocaine vanishing up Halston’s nostrils quicker than the drug can be laid out in lines. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 The Eurovision Song Contest is an institution that is positively fueled by cocaine. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 24 May 2021 France, where the media made a big brouhaha over spiraling suspicions that David lowered his head to take a quick cocaine snort during the broadcast, decided against lodging a complaint even before the drug test came out negative. NBC News, 23 May 2021 Officials estimated the cocaine that washed up in Alabama could be worth more than $1 million. al, 23 May 2021 The National Police has long counted on U.S. aid, in recent years receiving about $160 million annually to contain drug crops, interdict cocaine and battle drug gangs in the jungles. Juan Forero, WSJ, 22 May 2021 The now-legendary home, built of brown glass in 1967 by architect Paul Rudolph, would be the scene of caviar and cocaine filled parties from for over a decade. Adrienne Gaffney, Town & Country, 22 May 2021 Lewis got help for her cocaine addiction by her late 30s and hasn’t touched the drug since. Marissa Evans, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2021

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First Known Use of cocaine

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cocaine was in 1860

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5 Jun 2021

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“Cocaine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cocaine. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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cocaine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cocaine

: a powerful drug that is used in medicine to stop pain or is taken illegally for pleasure

cocaine

noun
co·​caine | \ kō-ˈkān How to pronounce cocaine (audio) \

Kids Definition of cocaine

: a habit-forming drug obtained from the leaves of a South American shrub and sometimes used as a medicine to deaden pain

cocaine

noun
co·​caine | \ kō-ˈkān, ˈkō-ˌ How to pronounce cocaine (audio) \

Medical Definition of cocaine

: a bitter crystalline alkaloid C17H21NO4 obtained from coca leaves that is used medically especially in the form of its hydrochloride C17H21NO4·HCl as a topical anesthetic and illicitly for its euphoric effects and that may result in a compulsive psychological need

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