from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The comb of a rooster.
- n. The cap of a jester, decorated to resemble the comb of a rooster.
- n. An annual plant (Celosia cristata) widely cultivated for its showy, fan-shaped or plumelike clusters of red or yellow flowers. Also called celosia.
- n. Obsolete Variant of coxcomb.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The fleshy red crest of a rooster
- n. A red cap once worn by court jesters
- n. An annual garden plant, Celosia cristata, having showy red clusters of flowers
- n. A conceited dandy
- n. A serrated cleat once fitted to the yards of a square-rigged ship and used when the sail was being reefed
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See coxcomb.
- n. A plant (Celosia cristata), of many varieties, cultivated for its broad, fantastic spikes of brilliant flowers; -- sometimes called garden cockscomb. Also the Pedicularis, or lousewort, the Rhinanthus Crista-galli, and the Onobrychis Crista-galli.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The comb or caruncle of a cock.
- n. A name given to flowering plants of various genera.
- n. A kind of oyster, Ostræa cristagalli, having both valves plaited. Also called cockscomb-oyster. E. P. Wright.
- n. In anatomy, the crista galli of the ethmoid bone. See crista.
- n. In lace-making, a bride. See bride, 2.
- n. A fop; a vain silly fellow: in this sense usually written coxcomb (which see).
- n. Nautical, a notched cleat on the yard-arm of a vessel to facilitate hauling out the reef-earings.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a cap worn by court jesters; adorned with a strip of red
- n. the fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and other gallinaceous birds
- n. garden annual with featherlike spikes of red or yellow flowers
- n. a conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishments
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The cockscomb is the most widely known, but many white or double flowered varieties were already cultivated at that time.
The English army then, to distinguish themselves, assumed a black rosette on their hats; which, from its position, the Scotch nick-named a "cock'ade" (with which our use of the word "cockscomb" is connected) and is still retained.
(spine-tufts); and P.a. cristata is, as its name denotes a kind of cockscomb or crested form.
Brahmans, who shave their heads, leaving only one long central lock, and wear turbans of blinding red, decorated in front with a sort of golden horn of plenty; Bangas, wearing three-cornered helmets with a kind of cockscomb on the top; Kachhis, with Roman helmets; Bhillis, from the borders of Rajastan, whose chins are wrapped three times in the ends of their pyramidal turbans, so that the innocent tourist never fails to think that they constantly suffer from toothache; Bengalis and Calcutta
Certain varieties are sometimes distinguished (esp. by modern historians) according to shape, as comb (also cockscomb) morion, Spanish (also pear-shaped) morion, etc.
Gonzalo, who has fiery eyes and a cockscomb of hair the color of black shoe polish, is 44.
She bought bright zinnias and magenta cockscomb and put bouquets in the kitchen, living room and bedroom.
Her longings grew more varied and virulent with each passing year: raw pig meat, Hawaiian pineapples infeasible to procure in revolutionary Cuba, chewing tobacco, cockscomb stew.
The crushed velvet of cockscomb provided the peacock's comb.
Giant marigolds called cempazúchil -- pungent, in brilliant shades of gold -- and the deep crimson baras de obipso (cockscomb) will be in great demand around the first of November.