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[koks-kohm] /ˈkɒksˌkoʊm/
the comb or caruncle of a cock.
the cap, resembling a cock'scomb, formerly worn by professional fools.
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.
any of several other species of the genus Celosia.
an elongate prickleback, Anoplarchus purpurescens, living among submerged rocks along the Pacific coast of North America.
a gaslight burner having four or more jets.
coxcomb (def 1).
Origin of cockscomb
1350-1400; Middle English; see cock1, 's1, comb1 Unabridged
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  • cockscomb, crimson and scarlet; two to three feet; August and September.

    A Woman's Hardy Garden Helena Rutherfurd Ely
  • From the shape of the flames this form of burner received the name "cockscomb."

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • His hair was cut short, with the exception of a ridge on the top which ran stem to stern, like a cockscomb.

    Great African Travellers W.H.G. Kingston
  • There is a row of narrow green pointed leaves, standing up like a cockscomb behind each row of flowers.

  • I did not answer, but my face flushed as red as a cockscomb.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Getting tired, I took out my sketch-book and drew Lubuga, the pet, which amused the king immensely as he recognised her cockscomb.

  • There was the twist round the head, the cockscomb, the hanging piece of liripipe.

    English Costume Dion Clayton Calthrop
British Dictionary definitions for cockscomb


the comb of a domestic cock
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
any similar species of Celosia
(informal) a conceited dandy
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Word Origin and History for cockscomb

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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