cockscomb

cockscomb

[koks-kohm]
noun
1.
the comb or caruncle of a cock.
2.
the cap, resembling a cock's, comb, formerly worn by professional fools.
3.
a garden plant, Celosia cristata, of the amaranth family, with flowers, commonly crimson or purple, in a broad spike somewhat resembling the comb of a cock.
4.
any of several other species of the genus Celosia.
5.
an elongate prickleback, Anoplarchus purpurescens, living among submerged rocks along the Pacific coast of North America.
6.
a gaslight burner having four or more jets.
7.
coxcomb ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see cock, 's1, comb1

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cockscomb or coxcomb (ˈkɒksˌkəʊm)
 
n
1.  the comb of a domestic cock
2.  an amaranthaceous garden or pot plant, Celosia cristata, with yellow, crimson, or purple feathery plumelike flowers in a broad spike resembling the comb of a cock
3.  any similar species of Celosia
4.  informal a conceited dandy
 
coxcomb or coxcomb
 
n

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cockscomb
c.1400, "comb or crest of a cock," from possessive of cock + comb. Meaning "cap worn by a professional fool" is from 1560s; hence "conceited fool" (1560s), a sense passing into the derivative coxcomb.
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