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An ornament, such as a rosette or knot of ribbon, usually worn on the hat as a badge.

[Alteration of obsolete cockard, from French cocarde, from Old French coquarde, feminine of coquard, vain, cocky, from coc, cock, from Late Latin coccus; see cock1.]

cock·ad′ed adj.
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He tossed his cockaded cap on the table and sat down in an easy-chair.
The supervised outdoor gun range is one of the most popular in the entire state, and many birdwatchers venture here because it is one of the surest places in the nation at which to check red cockaded woodpeckers off a life bird list.
They also support several endangered species, including red cockaded woodpeckers and gopher tortoises.
Preserves in this area are also now home to the American alligator, fox squirrel and endangered birds like Henslow's sparrow, Bachman's sparrow and the red cockaded woodpecker.
The management program to enhance the habitat for the red cockaded woodpecker (RCW), which is a federally-listed endangered species, is one of the Army's success stories.
For example, I'm told that the population of Red Cockaded Woodpeckers, an endangered species, has grown so successfully at military bases in the Southeast that over 100 birds have been exported to other federal, state, and private forests to help stabilize critical populations.
However, the Jackson Guard raised concerns that no one had considered the impact of the proposed mission on the red cockaded woodpecker.
But Blass was also buying busts of Haitian subjects in cockaded hats, as well as numerous copies of classical Greek subjects along with bronze paperweights.