Domestic Coca Plant on Plantation in Peru.

Erythroxylum coca

Coca (Wiktionary)


Etymology 1

Borrowed from Spanish coca, from Quechua kuka, perhaps from Aymara.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkəʊkə/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkoʊkə/


coca (usually uncountable, plural cocas)

  1. Any of the four cultivated plants which belong to the family Erythroxylaceae, native to western South America.
  2. The dried leaf of one of these plants, the South American shrub (Erythroxylum coca), widely cultivated in Andean countries, which is the source of cocaine.
Derived terms
  • cocaine
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