Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A carbonated soft drink containing an extract of the cola nut and other flavorings. Also called regionally dope.
  • n. Plural of colon1.
  • n. A plural of colon2.
  • n. Either of two tropical African evergreen plants (Cola acuminata or C. nitida) having reddish fragrant nutlike seeds yielding an extract that contains caffeine and theobromine and is used in carbonated beverages and pharmaceuticals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The kola plant, genus Cola, famous for its nut, or one of these nuts.
  • n. A beverage or a drink made with kola nut flavoring, caramel and carbonated water.
  • n. Plural form of colon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. L. pl. of colon.
  • n. A genus of sterculiaceous trees, natives of tropical Africa, esp. Guinea, but now naturalized in tropical America, esp. in the West Indies and Brazil.
  • n. Same as cola nut, below.
  • n. a dark-colored carbonated soft drink flavored with extract of the cola nut, and often colored with caramel; also, any soft drink similar in color and flavor to a cola-flavored drink. The name was predominantly derived from the popular soft drink Coca-Cola.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Latin plural of colon.
  • n. A tree of the family Sterculiaceæ, Bichea acuminata (Cola acuminata of Schott and Endlicher), which yields the cola-nut. See cola-nut.
  • n. Any tree of the genus Bichea, which includes about 40 species of tropical African sterculiaceous trees having entire or lobed leaves and axillary clusters of unisexual or polygamous flowers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. carbonated drink flavored with extract from kola nuts (`dope' is a southernism in the United States)
  • n. large genus of African trees bearing kola nuts

Etymologies

Of West African origin; akin to Temne kɔ̆la, kola nut.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From a Niger-Congo language, compare Temne kola, Mandinka kola. The beverage "Coca-Cola" was what made the term widely known. (Wiktionary)
See colon (Wiktionary)

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  • Reference my recent note on cola mesodic is the word I was orginally looking at.

    June 10, 2009

  • I found cola in the serendipity section while looking up the word meesoic. Mesoic pertains to an interval between two cola but when I looked up cola there was no definition that referred to a literary use.

    June 10, 2009