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coxcomb


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Coxcomb  \Cox"comb`\  (k?ks"k?m`),  n.  [A  corrupted  spelling  of 
  cock's  comb.] 
  1. 
  a  A  strip  of  red  cloth  notched  like  the  comb  of  a  cock, 
  which  licensed  jesters  formerly  wore  in  their  caps. 
  b  The  cap  itself 
 
  2.  The  top  of  the  head,  or  the  head  itself 
 
  We  will  belabor  you  a  little  better,  And  beat  a 
  little  more  care  into  your  coxcombs.  --Beau  &  Fl 
 
  3.  A  vain,  showy  fellow;  a  conceited,  silly  man,  fond  of 
  display;  a  superficial  pretender  to  knowledge  or 
  accomplishments;  a  fop. 
 
  Fond  to  be  seen,  she  kept  a  bevy  Of  powdered 
  coxcombs  at  her  levee.  --Goldsmith. 
 
  Some  are  bewildered  in  the  maze  of  schools,  And  some 
  made  coxcombs,  nature  meant  but  fools.  --Pope. 
 
  4.  (Bot.)  A  name  given  to  several  plants  of  different  genera, 
  but  particularly  to  {Celosia  cristata},  or  garden 
  cockscomb.  Same  as  {Cockscomb}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  coxcomb 
  n  1:  a  conceited  dandy  who  is  overly  impressed  by  his  own 
  accomplishments  [syn:  {cockscomb}] 
  2:  a  cap  worn  by  court  jesters;  adorned  with  a  strip  of  red 
  [syn:  {cockscomb}] 
  3:  the  fleshy  red  crest  on  the  head  of  the  domestic  fowl  and 
  other  gallinaceous  birds  [syn:  {comb},  {cockscomb}] 




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