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or co·la  (kō′lə)
Any of several tropical African evergreen trees of the genus Cola, especially C. acuminata or C. nitida, cultivated for their reddish fragrant nutlike seeds, which contain caffeine and theobromine. The seeds are chewed as a stimulant and yield an extract used in pharmaceuticals and as a flavoring in foods and beverages.

[Of West African origin; akin to Temne kɔ̄la, kola nut.]
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(Plants) a variant spelling of cola1
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(ˈkoʊ lə)

n., pl. -las.
1. any tropical African tree of the genus Cola, grown for kola nuts.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kola - tree bearing large brown nuts containing e.g. caffeine; source of cola extract
cola extract - a flavoring extracted from the kola nut
Cola, genus Cola - large genus of African trees bearing kola nuts
cola nut, kola nut - bitter brown seed containing caffein; source of cola extract
nut tree - tree bearing edible nuts
2.Kola - a Chadic language spoken south of Lake Chad
Biu-Mandara - a group of Chadic languages spoken in the border area between Cameroon and Nigeria south of Lake Chad
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Vani Kola, one of the early practitioners of venture capital investment in India, is a blunt talker and a straight shooter.