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cockscomb

[koks-kohm] /ˈkɒksˌkoʊm/
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
1350-1400; Middle English; see cock, 's1, comb1
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cockscomb

/ˈkɒksˌkəʊm/
noun
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
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Word Origin and History for cockscomb
n.

c.1400, "comb or crest of a cock," from possessive of cock (n.1) + comb (n.). Meaning "cap worn by a professional fool" is from 1560s; hence "conceited fool" (1560s), a sense passing into the derivative coxcomb. As a plant name, from 1570s.

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