- a South American shrub whose leaves are chewed by natives of the Andes; a source of cocaine
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- Cocaine is an alkaloid which is contained in the Erythroxylon coca which grows in the Andes mountains of Peru and Bolivia 1000 to 3000 m. above sea level. 1 The first use of cocaine in history was by the Peruvian Indians in the 6th century who chewed on the coca leaves for the sense of wellness and endurance which it produced and who believed it to be a part of the Inca religion. 2 Cocaine Toxicity
- Cocaine is derived from the leaves of Erythroxylon coca, a shrub native to South America.
- The coca (_Erythroxylon coca_, Lam.) is a shrub about six feet in height, with bright green leaves and white blossoms. Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests