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cockscomb Syllabification: cocks·comb
Pronunciation: /ˈkäkskōm/

Definition of cockscomb in English:


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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.
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
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.
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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