coxcomb

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cox·comb

 (kŏks′kōm′)
n.
1. A conceited dandy; a fop.
2. Obsolete A jester's cap; a cockscomb.

[Middle English cokkes comb, crest of a cock : cokkes, genitive of cok, cock; see cock1 + comb, crest; see comb.]

cox·comb′i·cal (-kōm′ĭ-kəl) adj.

coxcomb

(ˈkɒksˌkəʊm)
n
1. (Zoology) a variant spelling of cockscomb
2. archaic a foppish man
3. (Historical Terms) obsolete the cap, resembling a cock's comb, worn by a jester

cox•comb

(ˈkɒksˌkoʊm)

n.
1. a conceited, foolish dandy; pretentious fop.
2. Archaic. head; pate.
[1565–75; sp. variant of cockscomb]
cox•comb′i•cal (-ˈkɒm ɪ kəl, -ˈkoʊ mɪ-) cox•comb′ic, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coxcomb - a conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishmentscoxcomb - a conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishments
dandy, fashion plate, fop, gallant, sheik, dude, beau, clotheshorse, swell - a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
2.coxcomb - a cap worn by court jesters; adorned with a strip of red
cap - a tight-fitting headdress
3.coxcomb - the fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and other gallinaceous birds
crest - a showy growth of e.g. feathers or skin on the head of a bird or other animal
gallinacean, gallinaceous bird - heavy-bodied largely ground-feeding domestic or game birds
Translations

coxcomb

[ˈkɒkskəʊm] Ncresta f de gallo

coxcomb

n (old)Stutzer m (old)
References in classic literature ?
I wot it would be well for thee an thy cock's comb were cut
This festival follows the monsoon when seasonal flowers are in full bloom such as cock's comb (gunuga puvvu in Telugu), marigold, chrysanthemum and gulmohar, which form the major part of the flowers in making a Bathukamma.
Even the cataclysmic The Liver is the Cock's Comb (1944) may, I suspect, have in its ancestry traces of Ernst's ravening creature in The Angel of Hearth and Home (1937).