Definition of basuco in US English:



  • Impure or low-grade cocaine, especially when mixed with coca paste and tobacco and marijuana.

    • ‘The basuco was sold for a low price and it rapidly became even more popular than marijuana in a lot of cities.’
    • ‘The air in the main street is full of the smell of basuco.’
    • ‘Cocaine sulfate is also available as coca paste known as basuco, bazooka, piticin, pistol, pitillos, or tocos and is widely smoked in South America.’
    • ‘There is increasing addiction and death from basuco.’
    • ‘We also wrote down operational details of outreach teams currently working with basuco users.’


1980s: from Colombian Spanish; perhaps related to Spanish bazucar ‘shake violently’.