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1. Synonym(s): kola
2. [L.] strain (imperative form).


A plural of colon2.
A generic term for a carbonated beverage—commonly called ‘soda’ or ‘pop’—either artificially sweetened with saccharin or aspartame—average < 5 calories—or glucose, fructose—average 170 calories—purchased in cans or bottles or served from a tap
Adverse effects on health—peer-reviewed data: Carbonation is associated with dental erosion, osteoporosis, increased risk of fractures, and kidney stones; the sweeteners are linked to obesity and increased risk of type 2 diabetes


Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation.


, kola (kō′lă) [W. African kola]
A genus of tropical trees that produce the kola nut. A kola nut extract is used in pharmaceutical preparations and as a main ingredient in some carbonated beverages.
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As everyone in Washington knows, it's easier to give than to take away, and COLAs are no exception.
Yet, without a major overhaul, the portion of the budget taken up by pensions and Social Security will continue to balloon; over the next five years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), entitlement increases from COLAs will add up to $221 billion.
While that baseline inflation-proofing would ensure that those who need COLAs don't have to skimp on Purina Cat Chow or the rent, it also ensures that COLAs aren't handed out promiscuously to Schwarzkopfs and senators with summer homes.