cockscomb: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (koks'kōm"), [key]
— n.
  1. the comb or caruncle of a cock.
  2. the cap, resembling a cock's comb, formerly worn by professional fools.
  3. 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.
  4. any of several other species of the genus Celosia.
  5. an elongate prickleback, Anoplarchus purpurescens, living among submerged rocks along the Pacific coast of North America.
  6. a gaslight burner having four or more jets.
  7. coxcomb (def. 1).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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