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kola

[koh-luh]
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noun
  1. kola nut.
  2. an extract prepared from the kola nut.
  3. the tree producing it.
  4. cola1.
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Origin of kola

1720–30; apparently variant of Malinke kolo

Kola

[koh-luh; kaw-luh]
noun
  1. Also called Kola Peninsula. a peninsula in the NW Russian Federation in Europe, between the White and Barents seas.
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cola1

or ko·la

[koh-luh]
noun
  1. a carbonated soft drink containing an extract made from kola nuts, together with sweeteners and other flavorings.
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Origin of cola1

1920–25; spelling variant of kola, extracted from the trademark names of such drinks, as Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, etc.
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British Dictionary definitions for kola

kola

noun
  1. a variant spelling of cola 1
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COLA

abbreviation for US
  1. cost of living adjustment: an increase in benefit payments according to the rate of inflation
  2. cost of living allowance: extra money paid to workers in areas where the cost of living is more expensive
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cola1

kola

noun
  1. either of two tropical sterculiaceous trees, Cola nitida or C. acuminata, widely cultivated in tropical regions for their seedsSee cola nut
  2. a sweet carbonated drink flavoured with cola nuts
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Word Origin

C18: from kola, probably variant of Mandingo kolo nut

cola2

noun
  1. a plural of colon 1 (def. 3), colon 2
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Word Origin and History for kola

n.

"the cola nut," 1830, variant of cola (q.v.).

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cola

n.

1795, genus of trees native to west Africa and introduced in New World tropics, Latinized form of a West African name of the tree (cf. Temne kola, Mandingo kolo). Meaning "carbonated soft drink" is 1920, short for Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola.

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