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1. The comb of a rooster.
2. The cap of a jester, decorated to resemble the comb of a rooster.
3. An annual plant (Celosia argentea) widely cultivated for its showy, fan-shaped or plumelike clusters of red or yellow flowers. Also called celosia.
4. Obsolete Variant of coxcomb..
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(ˈkɒksˌkəʊm) or


1. (Zoology) the comb of a domestic cock
2. (Plants) an amaranthaceous garden or pot plant, Celosia cristata, with yellow, crimson, or purple feathery plumelike flowers in a broad spike resembling the comb of a cock
3. (Plants) any similar species of Celosia
4. informal a conceited dandy
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1. the comb or caruncle of a cock.
2. the cap, resembling a cock's comb, formerly worn by professional fools.
3. a garden plant, Celosia cristata, of the amaranth family with usu. crimson or purple flowers in a broad spike somewhat resembling the comb of a cock.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cockscomb - garden annual with featherlike spikes of red or yellow flowerscockscomb - garden annual with featherlike spikes of red or yellow flowers
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
2.cockscomb - a conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishmentscockscomb - 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
3.cockscomb - a cap worn by court jesters; adorned with a strip of red
cap - a tight-fitting headdress
4.cockscomb - 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
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[ˈkɒkskəʊm] Ncresta f de gallo
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(Orn, Bot) → Hahnenkamm m
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And by my cockscomb,'' he added, ``I think it be even so Hearken but to the black sanctus which they are singing in the hermitage!''
Cockscomb, statice, baby's breath, salvia, and strawflower are among the easiest for beginners because they dry quickly (7 to 10 days) and retain their colors well.
Celosia argentla (Amararanthacea) Plumed cockscomb 31.
Inside the Train Depot, the almond wedding cake with Italian meringue buttercream frosting was displayed on a silver plateau with French velvet ribbon, ranunculus, cockscomb, and 30 Wallace silver bells which were Christmas gifts to the bride every year since her birth from her aunt and uncle.
It is believed that the spirits of our departed loved ones come to visit during the celebration and marigolds and red cockscomb are used to help guide the spirits with their vibrant colours.
Brilliant bouquets used the traditional Dia de los Muertos flowers, golden marigolds and magenta cockscomb.
Chef Cosentino is known for his San Francisco restaurant, Cockscomb, where he reinterprets classic San Francisco dishes by adding his own unique twist.
Meng, "Ectopic expression of the Arabidopsis ASYMMETRIC LEAVES2-LIKE5 (ASL5) gene in cockscomb (Celosia cristata) generates vascular-pattern modifications in lateral organs," Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture (PCTOC), vol.
And their timing is perfect, for I'd just seen a great-looking recipe from one of my favourite cooks, a chap called Chris Cosentino, who makes amazing charcuterie and runs a wonderful restaurant, Cockscomb, in San Francisco.
The colours are bold, yet the detail brings them to life - from the dots on the red cockscomb and neck to the scales on the legs and talons and full feathers ready for flight.