Definition of cockscomb in English:


Syllabification: cocks·comb
Pronunciation: /ˈkäksˌkōm


  • 1The crest or comb of a domestic cock.
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    • This pie would be one containing especially fine titbits such as cockscombs and sweetbreads.
    • The museum owns two masks, which are similar to the present example; they are adorned with a cockscomb and horns but no chameleons.
    • Joe - black skullcap, five red spikes sprouting like a deranged cockscomb from ear to ear - had spent the night at Sam's house.
  • 2A tropical plant with a crest or plume of tiny yellow, orange, or red flowers, widely cultivated as a garden annual or a houseplant.
    • Celosia cristata, family Amaranthaceae
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    • Flower stands are jam-packed with summer's best bouquets: dahlias, daisies, cockscombs and especially lilies of all sorts in mouth-watering colors.
    • Covered in dried flowers - such as cockscomb, bells of Ireland, and gomphrena - these wreaths pack visual punch on the front door or over the mantel.
    • Plant hot weather annuals such as cockscomb, Madagascar periwinkle, portulaca, and annual salvias.
  • 3An orchid related to the coralroots but with more colorful flowers, native to southern North America. Also called coralroot.
    • Genus Hexalectris, family Orchidaceae

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