1. kola nut.
  2. an extract prepared from the kola nut.
  3. the tree producing it.
  4. cola1.


  1. Also called Kola Peninsula. a peninsula in the NW Russian Federation in Europe, between the White and Barents seas.


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


  1. a variant spelling of cola 1

abbreviation for US

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


  1. either of two tropical sterculiaceous trees, Cola nitida or C. acuminata, widely cultivated in tropical regions for their seedsSee cola nut
  2. a sweet carbonated drink flavoured with cola nuts


  1. a plural of colon 1 (def. 3), colon 2

“the cola nut,” 1830, variant of cola (q.v.).


1795, genus of trees native to west Africa and introduced in New World tropics, Latinized form of a West African name of the tree (cf. Temne kola, Mandingo kolo). Meaning “carbonated soft drink” is 1920, short for Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola.

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