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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