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co·la 1

A carbonated soft drink containing an extract of the kola nut or similar flavorings.

[From cola.]

co·la 2

A cluster of flowers at the top of a female cannabis plant.

[Latin American Spanish slang (perhaps originally in Mexican Spanish slang cola de borrego, high-quality marijuana, literally "lamb's tail," from the long, woolly appearance of the inflorescence), from Spanish, tail, from Old Spanish, from Latin cauda; see coda.]

co·la 3

Plural of colon1.

co·la 4

A plural of colon2.

co·la 5

Variant of kola.


(ˈkəʊlə) or


1. (Plants) either of two tropical sterculiaceous trees, Cola nitida or C. acuminata, widely cultivated in tropical regions for their seeds. See cola nut
2. (Brewing) a sweet carbonated drink flavoured with cola nuts
[C18: from kola, probably variant of Mandingo kolo nut]


1. (Anatomy) a plural of colon13, colon2
2. (Poetry) a plural of colon13, colon2


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


(ˈkoʊ lə)

n., pl. -las.
a carbonated soft drink containing an extract made from kola nuts, together with sweeteners and other flavorings.
[1920–25; from the trademarks Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola]


(ˈkoʊ lə)

a pl. of colon.


(ˈkoʊ lə)

n., pl. COLAs or COLA's.
an automatic adjustment in wages or social-security payments to offset fluctuations in the cost of living.
[c(ost) o(f) l(iving) a(djustment)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Cola - large genus of African trees bearing kola nuts
dilleniid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous trees and shrubs and herbs
family Sterculiaceae, sterculia family, Sterculiaceae - a large family of plants of order Malvales
Cola acuminata, goora nut, kola, kola nut tree, kola nut - tree bearing large brown nuts containing e.g. caffeine; source of cola extract
2.cola - carbonated drink flavored with extract from kola nuts (`dope' is a southernism in the United States)
soft drink - nonalcoholic beverage (usually carbonated)
Coca Cola, Coke - Coca Cola is a trademarked cola
Pepsi, Pepsi Cola - Pepsi Cola is a trademarked cola
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
cola nut, kola nut - bitter brown seed containing caffein; source of cola extract


[ˈkəʊlə] n (= drink) → cola m
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