1 [kod]
noun, plural (especially collectively) cod (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) cods.
any of several soft-rayed food fishes of the family Gadidae, especially Gadus morhua, of cool, North Atlantic waters.
a closely related fish, Gadus macrocephalus, of the North Pacific.
any of several unrelated fishes, as rockfishes of the genus Sebastes.

1325–75; Middle English origin uncertain Unabridged


2 [kod]
Slang: Vulgar. testicle.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English codd; akin to Old Norse koddi pillow


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cod1 (kɒd)
n , pl cod, cods
1.  any of the gadoid food fishes of the genus Gadus, esp G. morhua (or G. callarias), which occurs in the North Atlantic and has a long body with three rounded dorsal fins: family GadidaeThey are also a source of cod-liver oil
2.  See gadid any other fish of the family Gadidae
3.  (Austral) any of various unrelated Australian fish, such as the Murray cod
[C13: probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German cutte]

cod2 (kɒd)
1.  dialect (Brit), (US) a pod or husk
2.  an obsolete word for scrotum
3.  obsolete a bag or envelope
[Old English codd husk, bag; related to Old Norse koddi, Danish kodde]

cod3 (kɒd)
vb , cods, codding, codded
1.  slang (Brit), (Irish) to make fun of; tease
2.  slang (Brit), (Irish) to play a trick on; fool
3.  slang (Brit), (Irish) a hoax or trick
4.  slang (Irish) a fraud; hoaxer: he's an old cod
5.  slang (Brit) mock; sham: cod Latin
[C19: perhaps from earlier cod a fool, perhaps shortened from codger]

cod4 (kɒd)
dialect (Northern English) a fellow; chap: he's a nice old cod
[of unknown origin]

Cape Cod See Cape Cod

abbreviation for
1.  cash on delivery
2.  (in the US) collect on delivery

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1273, cotfish, origin unknown; despite similarity of form it has no conclusive connection to the widespread Gmc. word for "bag" (cf. O.E. codd, source of codpiece, q.v.). Cod-liver oil known since at least 1615, recommended medicinally since 1783, but not popular as a remedy until after 1825.
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COD definition

An abbreviation for “cash on delivery” or “collect on delivery.”

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. cash on delivery

  2. cause of death

  3. chemical oxygen demand

  4. collect on delivery

  5. Concise Oxford Dictionary

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