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  • Here in Peru the people used a hardened paste, known as llipta or tocra, derived from the ashes of various plants, mixed at dawn with dew, potato water, and a sprinkling of human urine.

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  • Every so often he reached into his coca bag for a broken clump of llipta and bit off a small piece to add to the center of the quid.

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  • The rock-hard llipta, white and caustic, burned my tongue.

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  • "'Young gentlewoman... be so good as to prepare me a ball of coca-leaves.'

    'With lime, sir?'

    'By all means; and a trifle of llipta too, if you have it.'"

    --O'Brian, The Wine-Dark Sea, 132

    March 14, 2008