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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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References in classic literature ?
"You will have to sit up with Jacques to-night, Mother Colas. If he tells you that his breathing is bad, you must let him drink some of the draught that I have poured into the tumbler on the table.
"He has been so imprudent as to sing, Mother Colas; and it is not to be expected that any good can come of it; but do not be hard upon him, nor scold him.
He realized his cola addiction has gotten out of bounds but he felt helpless about it.
The new beverage is the company's first reduced-calorie cola to use a blend of cane sugar and stevia leaf extract.
Cola is a carbonated beverage that is usually flavored by the nut of the kola tree.
Both the Colorado and Minnesota suits claimed that the plans' retirees had a contractual right to COLAs, which would make them protected, says Amy Monahan, a University of Minnesota Law School Associate Professor.
Drinking at least three cans of cola a week--even diet cola may lower hip bone density in women.
Cinque adds that sugar colas have been losing sales for several years and that Coca-Cola Zero is intended to keep those who are abandoning sugar cola "in the Coke family."
Although it's not as gassy as some other colas making it easier to drink.
As the Social Security system became more and more expensive--even requiring emergency congressional reprieves in 1977 and 1983 --Nixon, the last president to sign a balanced budget, regretted that COLAs made it so much harder for any successor to do the same.
Caffeine doesn't raise the risk of high blood pressure, or hypertension, but cola may play a role, say researchers who tracked more than 155,000 women for roughly 12 years.