kola nut

ko·​la nut | \ ˈkō-lə- How to pronounce kola nut (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of kola nut

: the bitter caffeine-containing chestnut-sized seed of a kola tree used especially as a masticatory and in beverages

Examples of kola nut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The breaking of kola nut, known as iwa oji, is an important Igbo ritual traditionally performed to welcome guests to a gathering. Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, The New Yorker, "The Descendants of Slaves in Nigeria Fight for Equality," 11 July 2019 On the day of the initiation, John was given a shopping list: candles, bug spray, a kola nut (a caffeinated nut native to West Africa), razor blades, and 10,000 Nigerian naira (around thirty dollars)—his bamming fee. Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "The Black Axe," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of kola nut

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kola nut

kola, perhaps modification of Malinke kolo kola nut

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The first known use of kola nut was in 1868

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“Kola nut.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kola%20nut. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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kola nut

ko·​la nut
variants: also cola nut \ ˈkō-​lə-​ How to pronounce cola nut (audio) \

Medical Definition of kola nut

: the bitter caffeine-containing chestnut-sized seed of a kola tree used especially as a masticatory and in beverages

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