kola

[koh-luh]
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noun

an extract prepared from the kola nut.
the tree producing it.

Origin of kola

1720–30; apparently variant of Malinke kolo

Kola

[koh-luh; kaw-luh]

noun

Also called Kola Peninsula. a peninsula in the NW Russian Federation in Europe, between the White and Barents seas.

cola

1

or ko·la

[koh-luh]

noun

a carbonated soft drink containing an extract made from kola nuts, together with sweeteners and other flavorings.

Origin of cola

1
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

a variant spelling of cola 1

COLA

abbreviation for US

cost of living adjustment: an increase in benefit payments according to the rate of inflation
cost of living allowance: extra money paid to workers in areas where the cost of living is more expensive

cola

1

kola

noun

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

Word Origin for cola

C18: from kola, probably variant of Mandingo kolo nut

cola

2

noun

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Word Origin and History for kola
n.

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

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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