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cost-of-living adjustment

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.
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(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
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(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)]
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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
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[ˈkəʊlə] n (= drink) → cola m
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Last weekend on April 28, Kolas made a public statement through social media that the government should not support nor be involved in religious ceremonies that legitimize 'colonial thought and behavior.' Her comments raised the ire of Zheng's descendants and those who revere Zheng's legacy in Taiwan.
I want to improve that record further at the world junior event and perhaps reach the final, said Mulei, who thanked her coach Caroline Kola, the former national triple jump record holder, for inspiring her to accomplish the feat.
Kolas, for picking just the right images and quotes to create a fair and deservedly inviting depiction of Norman's shenanigans.
Kolas said some of the matters which fall under child abuse prevention include amending corporal punishment law provisions, increasing the punishment for abusing a child to death, punishments for causing grave injuries, and amending education provisions, which includes improving mechanisms for determining 'incompetent' teachers.
At her speech at the event, Kolas emphasized the close political, economic, cultural, and even ethnic ties between Taiwan and Hawaii.
The EU conducted a similar poll about the public usage of the media and about the trustworthiness of radio, television and online news by phoning 20,000 people over two days last February, Kolas said.
After the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, public opinion took a strong turn against nuclear energy, leading the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to promise an end to nuclear power in Taiwan by 2025, yet at present, concern has been mounting about air pollution, Kolas said.
25, spokeswoman for the Executive Yuan, Kolas Yotaka, said in light of public opposition to altering Taiwan's Civil Code, legislators are now required to introduce new legislation to safeguard the rights of same-sex unions, in accordance with the ruling of Taiwan's Constitutional Court made in May 2017.