Definitions for COLAˈkoʊ lə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

co•laˈkoʊ lə(n.)(pl.)-las.

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

Origin of cola:

1920–25; from the trademarks Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola

co•laˈkoʊ lə(n.)

  1. Ref: a pl. of colon . 1 2

COLAˈkoʊ lə(n.)(pl.)COLAs or COLA's.

  1. an automatic adjustment in wages or social-security payments to offset fluctuations in the cost of living.

    Category: Law

Origin of COLA:

c(ost) o(f) l(iving) a(djustment)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Cola, genus Cola(noun)

    large genus of African trees bearing kola nuts

  2. cola, dope(noun)

    carbonated drink flavored with extract from kola nuts (`dope' is a southernism in the United States)


  1. cola(Noun)

    The kola plant, famous for its nut, or one of these nuts.

  2. cola(Noun)

    A beverage or a drink made with kola nut flavoring, caramel and carbonated water.


  1. Cola

    Cola is a carbonated beverage that originally contained caffeine from the kola nut and cocaine from coca leaves and was flavored with vanilla and other ingredients. Most colas now use other flavoring ingredients with a similar taste and no longer contain cocaine. It became popular worldwide after pharmacist John Pemberton invented Coca-Cola in 1886. His non-alcoholic recipe was inspired by the Coca wine of pharmacist Angelo Mariani, created in 1863; it still contained cocaine. Coca-Cola is a major international brand. It usually contains caramel color, caffeine and sweeteners such as sugar or high fructose corn syrup.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Cola

    A plant genus of the family STERCULIACEAE. This is the source of the kola nut which contains CAFFEINE and is used in popular beverages.

Translations for COLA

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the part of an animal, bird or fish that sticks out behind the rest of its body

The dog wagged its tail; A fish swims by moving its tail.

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