cauliflower ear

noun
an ear that has been deformed by repeated injury, resulting in an irregular thickening of scar tissue.

Origin:
1905–10, Americanism

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cauliflower ear
 
n
Also called: boxer's ear, Technical name: aural haematoma permanent swelling and distortion of the external ear as the result of ruptures of the blood vessels: usually caused by blows received in boxing

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cauliflower ear cau·li·flow·er ear (kô'lĭ-flou'ər)
n.
An ear that is swollen, hardened, and deformed from extravasation of blood following repeated blows.

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cauliflower ear

distortion of the cartilage of the outer ear as the result of an injury. If the injury causes bleeding between the cartilage and the skin, it produces a smooth and rounded purplish swelling. Accumulated clotted blood, if not removed, is transformed into scar tissue, causing permanent, odd-shaped thickening of the outer ear. Because boxers' and wrestlers' ears are subjected to so much pounding abuse, cauliflower ear is often associated with those sports.

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Example sentences
To herald its full arrival as a major sport, mixed martial arts has claimed a signature injury: cauliflower ear.
Take a look at the ears of anybody involved in any type of wrestling or grappling sport, ie the cauliflower ear.
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