Adjective "coca" definition and examples

(Coca may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈkəʊkə/

Definitions and examples

noun

A tropical American shrub grown for its leaves, which are the source of cocaine.
  1. 'The Dutch colonial houses were graceful and large, set back amid cocas, kanary, and nutmeg trees, while the rest of the small town lay half hidden in the foliage of palms.'
  2. 'As part of a U.S. funded plan, farmers have been paid $2,500 for each acre of hectare of Bolivian coca destroyed.'
  3. 'Over these six months, the government will assess how much demand there is for legal uses of coca.'
  4. 'More than 14,800 tons of toxic chemicals are dumped into the Amazon jungle every year as traffickers turn coca into raw cocaine paste.'
  5. 'Moments of grace come easier if you're acullicando, as the descendants of the Tiwanaku empire of Bolivia and Peru call chewing coca.'

More definitions

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.

More examples(as adjective)

"colas can be coca."

Origin

Late 16th century: from Spanish, from Aymara kuka or Quechua koka.