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Meaning: a popular soft drink originally made from coca leaf and cola nut
Related Names: Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Root Beer, 7 up, Dr Pepper

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Rank in 2000s: 0 0

Name: coca-cola Origin: {{{origin}}} Meaning (no case): a popular soft drink originally made from coca leaf and cola nut



The most famous soft drink in the world, Coca-Cola, was invented in 1886 by a Pharmacist named John Pemberton. Like many soft drinks, Coca-Cola was originally meant to be a medicine, but its shelf-life as a headache remedy was short-lived and the product was quickly marketed as a recreational drink.

The name Coca-Cola, coined by John Pemberton's bookkeeper Frank Robinson, has an easy etymology. Coca derives from the extract of coca leaf which was an ingredient in the original concoction. Cola derives from another ingredient: the cola nut,[1] an African nut with medicinal and stimulant properties.[1] The name Coca-Cola was trademarked in 1887.[1]

The Cola nut is still an ingredient of Coca-Cola as well as other modern soft drinks,[1] but the Coca leaf is not. Coca is the source of the drug Cocaine, and was a common ingredient in medicinal products of the 19th century. When the dangers of the drug began to become apparent in the late 19th century, Coca-Cola manufacturers gradually decreased the amount of Coca in the product, and by 1929, there was no Coca left in Coca-Cola.[1]

The shortened form of the name, Coke, was first recorded in 1909.[1] This informal name may sometimes be extended to any soft drink, though the Coca-Cola company has fought hard against the generic usage of the name Coke.[1] The drug Cocaine is also referred to by the nickname Coke, and usage of that term dates back to 1903.[1]


  • Usage of the name Coke to refer to any soft drink is most common in the southern United States.[1]
  • The Coca-Cola company sued the Pepsi-Cola company for the use of the name Cola, but lost the suit in 1942, thereby losing all claim to the name Cola.[1]
  • In the early 20th century, one of Coca-Cola's competitors was the Koke Company of America. Coca-Cola sued Koke for trademark infringement because the name Koke was too similar to the name Coke.[1]


  • Drink Coca-Cola. (1886)
  • Coca-Cola revives and sustains. (1905)
  • Good til the last drop. (1908)
  • Pure as Sunlight (1927)
  • Coca-Cola ... pure drink of natural flavors. (1928)
  • Coca-Cola ... makes good things taste better. (1956)
  • Have a Coke and a smile. (1979)
  • You Can't Beat the Feeling. (1987)
  • Always Coca-Cola. (1993)
  • Life tastes Good. (2001)
  • Live on the Coke side of Life. (2008)[1]

Author: Sarena Ulibarri


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Gender product  +
Length 9  +
Meaning a popular soft drink originally made from coca leaf and cola nut  +
Meaningnc a popular soft drink originally made from coca leaf and cola nut  +
Name coca-cola  +
Origin {{{origin}}}  +
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Related Pepsi  +, Mountain Dew  +, Root Beer  +, 7 up  +, and Dr Pepper  +
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