- any of a genus (Erythroxylon, esp. E. coca) of tropical, mostly American shrubs of the coca family, whose dried leaves are the source of cocaine and other alkaloids
- these dried leaves
Origin of cocaSpanish from Quechuan cuca
designating a family (Erythroxylaceae, order Linales) of dicotyledonous shrubs and trees
- Any of certain Andean evergreen shrubs or small trees of the genus Erythroxylum, especially E. coca, whose leaves contain cocaine and other alkaloids.
- The dried leaves of such a plant, chewed by people of the Andes for a stimulating effect and also used for extraction of cocaine and other alkaloids.
Origin of cocaSpanish from Quechua kúka
(usually uncountable, plural cocas)
- Any of the four cultivated plants which belong to the family Erythroxylaceae, native to western South America.
- The dried leaf of one of these plants, the South American shrub (Erythroxylon coca), widely cultivated in Andean countries, which is the source of cocaine.
- (linguistics) Corpus of Contemporary American English.