Coca vs. Cocoa

By Jaxson

  • Coca

    Coca is any of the four cultivated plants in the family Erythroxylaceae, native to western South America.

    The plant is grown as a cash crop in Argentine Northwest, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, even in areas where its cultivation is unlawful.

    There are some reports that the plant is being cultivated in the south of Mexico as a cash crop and an alternative to smuggling its recreational product cocaine.

    It also plays a role in many traditional Andean cultures as well as the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (see Traditional uses).

    Coca is known throughout the world for its psychoactive alkaloid, cocaine. The alkaloid content of coca leaves is relatively low, between 0.25% and 0.77%. The native people use it for a stimulant, like coffee, or an energy source or both. Coca-Cola used coca leaf extract in its products from 1885 and until about 1903. Extraction of cocaine from coca requires several solvents and a chemical process known as an acid-base extraction, which can fairly easily extract the alkaloids from the plant.

  • Coca (noun)

    Any of the four cultivated plants which belong to the family Erythroxylaceae, native to western South America.

  • Coca (noun)

    The dried leaf of one of these plants, the South American shrub (ver=161026), widely cultivated in Andean countries, which is the source of cocaine.

  • Cocoa (noun)

    The dried and partially fermented fatty seeds of the cacao tree from which chocolate is made.

  • Cocoa (noun)

    An unsweetened brown powder made from roasted, ground cocoa beans, used in making chocolate, and in cooking.

  • Cocoa (noun)

    A hot drink made with milk, cocoa powder, and sugar.

    “Do you like cocoa?”

  • Cocoa (noun)

    A serving of this drink.

    “I like to watch TV with a cocoa.”

  • Cocoa (noun)

    A light to medium brown colour.

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  • Cocoa (noun)

    alternative spelling of coco.

  • Cocoa (adjective)

    Of a light to medium brown colour, like that of cocoa powder.

  • Coca (noun)

    a tropical American shrub grown for its leaves, which are the source of cocaine.

  • Coca (noun)

    the dried leaves of the coca shrub, which are mixed with lime and chewed as a stimulant by the indigenous people of western South America.

Oxford Dictionary

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