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1. A corncob: corn on the cob.
2. A male swan.
3. A thickset, stocky, short-legged horse.
4. A small lump or mass, as of coal.
5. A mixture of clay and straw used as a building material.
[Probably from obsolete cob, round object, head, testicle.]
1. (Zoology) a male swan
2. (Breeds) a thickset short-legged type of riding and draught horse
5. (Plants) Brit another name for hazel1
6. (Mining & Quarrying) a small rounded lump or heap of coal, ore, etc
7. (Building) Brit and NZ a building material consisting of a mixture of clay and chopped straw
8. (Cookery) Also called: cob loaf Brit a round loaf of bread
vb, cobs, cobbing or cobbed
(tr) informal Brit to beat, esp on the buttocks
[C15: of uncertain origin; probably related to Icelandic kobbi seal; see cub]
(Animals) an archaic or dialect name for the greater black-backed gull (Larus marinus). See also gull1
[C16: of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kob, kobbe]
1. corncob (def. 1): cooked corn on the cob.
2. a male swan.
3. a short-legged, thick-set horse, often having a high gait.
4. a mixture of clay and straw, used as a building material.
[1375–1425; late Middle English cobbe male swan, leader of a gang]
Coba bunch of hair; a stack of grain or hay; a rounded heap or mass; a small heap of anything.
Examples: cob of grain; of hair [a bunch or chignon]; of hay, 1616; of jelly, 1876.
Past participle: cobbed
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|Noun||1.||cob - nut of any of several trees of the genus Corylus|
edible nut - a hard-shelled seed consisting of an edible kernel or meat enclosed in a woody or leathery shell
|2.||cob - stocky short-legged harness horse|
harness horse - horse used for pulling vehicles
|3.||cob - white gull having a black back and wings|
|4.||cob - adult male swan|
swan - stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and usually white plumage as adult