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
Coca-cola is a brand name constructed solely for that brand.
The cola is yummy, but Dew will take some time to grow on me.
LZ0rr0: At that time I ruled the Latin American cola market.
"No evidence exists that occasional use of carbonated beverages, including cola, is detrimental to bone," they note.
She was sitting on the floor completely covered in cola, ice and popcorn.
One common use of phosphoric acid is as an ingredient in cola drinks.
What makes a finer Co-cola is seven year old dark Havana rum and some lime juice and I know you and I both know that for sure.
Wikipedia answer: "The word cola as part of the Coca-Cola trademark may have originated from the kola nuts that were originally used as the source of caffeine, or from when the original recipe contained coca."
Interestingly, the makers of Coke (which is also a registered mark) once sought to prohibit the marketing of something called Tacola-Cola, as well as any other drink with the word cola in its name.
I have an old empty but sealed can of Tab cola from the 80’s