Definition of Cockscomb

1. Noun. Garden annual with featherlike spikes of red or yellow flowers.

2. Noun. A conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishments.
Exact synonyms: Coxcomb
Generic synonyms: Beau, Clotheshorse, Dandy, Dude, Fashion Plate, Fop, Gallant, Sheik, Swell

3. Noun. A cap worn by court jesters; adorned with a strip of red.
Exact synonyms: Coxcomb
Generic synonyms: Cap

4. Noun. The fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and other gallinaceous birds.
Exact synonyms: Comb, Coxcomb
Generic synonyms: Crest
Group relationships: Gallinacean, Gallinaceous Bird

Definition of Cockscomb

1. n. See Coxcomb.

Definition of Cockscomb

1. Noun. The fleshy red crest of a rooster ¹

2. Noun. A red cap once worn by court jesters ¹

3. Noun. An annual garden plant, ''Celosia cristata'', having showy red clusters of flowers ¹

4. Noun. (archaic) A conceited dandy ¹

5. Noun. (nautical) A serrated cleat once fitted to the yards of a square-rigged ship and used when the sail was being reefed ¹

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Definition of Cockscomb

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cockscomb

cockpit recorder
cockpit voice recorder
cockroach taxi
cocks of the plains
cockscomb (current term)
cockscomb ulcer

Literary usage of Cockscomb

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1889)
"EXPEDITION TO THE cockscomb MOUNTAINS, BRITISH HONDURAS. his fingere he turned them down. It did not seem to occur to the majority of them to use both hands ..."

2. Central and South America by Augustus Henry Keane, Clements Robert Markham (1901)
"The cockscomb Mountains The southern part of the colony south of the capital, Belize, is largely occupied by the rugged cockscomb range, which is disposed ..."

3. Guide to the Mineral Collections in the Illinois State Museum by Alja Robinson Crook, Illinois State Museum (1920)
""cockscomb pyrites" result from repeated twinning parallel (no) so as to produce ... cockscomb pyrites" botryoidal mass of sphalerite, well illustrating the ..."

4. A Selection from the Physiological and Horticultural Papers by Thomas Andrew Knight (1841)
"ON THE CULTIVATION OF THE cockscomb. [Read before the HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY, ... THE flower of the cockscomb, which I sent to the meeting of the Society on ..."

5. The Flower Garden, Or, Breck's Book of Flowers: In which are Described All by Joseph Breck (1858)
"Who has tried to cross the Prince's Feather with the cockscomb ? or Love-lies-bleeding with the Tricolor ? or the Bee with the Dwarf Larkspur ? or the ..."

6. Nature's Strongholds: The World's Great Wildlife Reserves by Laura Riley, William Riley (2005)
"cockscomb BASIN JAGUAR SANCTUARY Endangered jaguars, largest land predators in Central and South America and the hemisphere's only cat of the Panthern genus ..."

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