Definition of cockscomb in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒkskəʊm/


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1The crest or comb of a domestic cock.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2 (also coxcomb) A tropical plant with a crest of tiny yellow, orange, or red flowers, grown as a pot plant.
  • Celosia cristata, family Amaranthaceae.
Example sentences
  • 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.
3A brightly coloured orchid of southern North America, related to the coralroots. Also called coralroot.
  • Genus Hexalectris, family Orchidaceae.

Words that rhyme with cockscomb


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