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1. An English variety of large cooking apple.
2. Archaic The human head.

[Middle English, from Old North French, possibly from coste, rib (from its ribbed appearance), from Latin costa; see kost- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Plants) an English variety of apple tree
2. (Plants) the large ribbed apple of this tree
3. archaic jocular a slang word for head
[C14: from Anglo-Norman, from Old French coste rib]


(ˈkɒs tərd, ˈkɔ stərd)

1. a large English variety of apple.
2. Archaic. the head.
[1250–1300; Middle English]
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Et puis qui sait, s'ils sont sages, BCE aidera peut-etre Ghannouchi a s'asseoir sur le fauteuil du palais de Carthage, le reve, pas secret du tout, du leader des islamistes et pour lequel il a consenti quelques "sacrifices", du genre costards qui brillent de mille feux et les cravates qu'il se farcit.
Costards were another type of very large cooking apple.