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cola1

[koh-luh] /ˈkoʊ lə/
noun
1.
a carbonated soft drink containing an extract made from kola nuts, together with sweeteners and other flavorings.
Also, kola.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; spelling variant of kola, extracted from the trademark names of such drinks, as Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, etc.

cola2

[koh-luh] /ˈkoʊ lə/
noun
1.
a plural of colon.

COLA

[koh-luh] /ˈkoʊ lə/
noun
1.
cost-of-living adjustment: an escalator clause, especially in union contracts, that grants automatic wage increases to cover the rising cost of living due to inflation.

colon1

[koh-luh n] /ˈkoʊ lən/
noun, plural colons for 1, cola
[koh-luh] /ˈkoʊ lə/ (Show IPA),
for 2.
1.
the sign (:) used to mark a major division in a sentence, to indicate that what follows is an elaboration, summation, implication, etc., of what precedes; or to separate groups of numbers referring to different things, as hours from minutes in 5:30; or the members of a ratio or proportion, as in 1 : 2 = 3 : 6.
2.
Classical Prosody. one of the members or sections of a rhythmical period, consisting of a sequence of from two to six feet united under a principal ictus or beat.
Origin
1580-90; < Latin < Greek kôlon limb, member, clause

colon2

[koh-luh n] /ˈkoʊ lən/
noun, plural colons, cola
[koh-luh] /ˈkoʊ lə/ (Show IPA)
1.
Anatomy. the part of the large intestine extending from the cecum to the rectum.
2.
Zoology. the portion of the digestive tract that is posterior to the stomach or gizzard and extends to the rectum.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek kólon large intestine

colon3

[koh-lohn; Spanish kaw-lawn] /koʊˈloʊn; Spanish kɔˈlɔn/
noun, plural colons Spanish, colones
[kaw-law-nes] /kɔˈlɔ nɛs/ (Show IPA)
1.
the paper monetary unit of El Salvador, equal to 100 centavos.
Abbreviation: C.
2.
a cupronickel or steel coin and monetary unit of Costa Rica, equal to 100 centimos.
Origin
1890-95; < American Spanish, after (Cristobal) Colón (Christopher) Columbus

colon4

[koh-lon, kuh-lon] /ˈkoʊ lɒn, kəˈlɒn/
noun
1.
a colonial farmer or plantation owner, especially in Algeria.
Origin
1600-10, in sense “husbandmen”; 1955-60 in present sense; < French < Latin colōnus colonist
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Examples for cola
  • There is already an open-source cola recipe, an open-source encyclopedia and open-source academic journals.
  • Caffeine--the drug that gives coffee and cola its kick--has a number of physiological effects.
  • That's why the days of all-powerful networks are already as distant as the cola wars.
  • Second, it can be mixed with cans of cola or ginger beer.
  • Adding flavor concentrates will make instant plain or diet cola, tonic, root beer or the popular fruit sodas.
British Dictionary definitions for cola

cola1

/ˈkəʊlə/
noun
1.
either of two tropical sterculiaceous trees, Cola nitida or C. acuminata, widely cultivated in tropical regions for their seeds See cola nut
2.
a sweet carbonated drink flavoured with cola nuts
Word Origin
C18: from kola, probably variant of Mandingo kolo nut

cola2

/ˈkəʊlə/
noun
1.
a plural of colon1 (sense 3), colon2

COLA

abbreviation (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

colon1

/ˈkəʊlən/
noun
1.
(pl) -lons. the punctuation mark :, usually preceding an explanation or an example of what has gone before, a list, or an extended quotation
2.
(pl) -lons. this mark used for certain other purposes, such as expressions of time, as in 2:45 p.m., or when a ratio is given in figures, as in 5:3
3.
(pl) -la (-lə). (in classical prosody) a part of a rhythmic period with two to six feet and one principal accent or ictus
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from Greek kōlon limb, hence part of a strophe, clause of a sentence

colon2

/ˈkəʊlən/
noun (pl) -lons, -la (-lə)
1.
the part of the large intestine between the caecum and the rectum
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: large intestine, from Greek kolon

colon3

/kəˈlɒn; French kɔlɔ̃/
noun
1.
a colonial farmer or plantation owner, esp in a French colony
Word Origin
French: colonist, from Latin colōnus, from colere to till, inhabit

colón

/kəʊˈləʊn; Spanish koˈlon/
noun (pl) -lons, -lones (Spanish) (-ˈlones)
1.
the standard monetary unit of Costa Rica, divided into 100 céntimos
2.
the former standard monetary unit of El Salvador, divided into 100 centavos; replaced by the US dollar in 2001
Word Origin
C19: American Spanish, from Spanish, after Cristóbal Colón Christopher Columbus

Colón

/kɒˈlɒn; Spanish koˈlɔn/
noun
1.
a port in Panama, at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal. Chief Caribbean port. Pop: 157 000 (2005 est) Former name Aspinwall
2.
Archipiélago de Colón (ˌartʃiˈpjelaɣo ðe) the official name of the Galápagos Islands
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Word Origin and History for cola
cola
1795, "genus of trees native to west Africa, introduced in New World tropics," Latinized form of W.Afr. name of the tree (cf. Temne kola, Mandingo kolo). Meaning "carbonated soft drink" is 1920, short for Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola.
colon
"punctuation mark," 1550, from Gk. kolon (with a long initial -o-) "part of a verse," lit. "limb," from PIE base *(s)kel- "to bend, crooked." Meaning evolved from "independent clause" to punctuation mark that sets it off.
colon
"large intestine," late 14c., from Gk. kolon (with a short initial -o-) "large intestine, food, meat."
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cola in Medicine

colon co·lon (kō'lən)
n. pl. co·lons or co·la (-lə)
The division of the large intestine extending from the cecum to the rectum.


co·lon'ic (kə-lŏn'ĭk) adj.
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cola in Science
colon
  (kō'lən)   
The longest part of the large intestine, extending from the cecum to the rectum. Water and electrolytes are absorbed, solidified, and prepared for elimination as feces in the colon. The colon also contains bacteria that help in the body's absorption of nutrients from digested material.
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cola in Culture

colon definition


A punctuation mark (:) used to introduce a description, an explanation, or a list. For example, “She would own only one kind of pet: a Siamese cat” and “The little boy announced that he wanted the following for his birthday: two sweaters, a new tent, and three toy cars.”

colon definition


The middle and longest part of the large intestine. (See digestive system.)

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Slang definitions & phrases for cola

cola

noun
  1. A soft drink flavored with cola-nut seeds (1910s+)
  2. Cocaine: paying upwards of $75 for a gram of cola (1970s+ Narcotics)

[second sense a wordplay on Coca-Cola, a trademark]


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Related Abbreviations for cola

COLA

  1. cost-of-living adjustment
  2. cost-of-living allowance
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