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cob

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noun \ˈkäb\

Simple Definition of cob

  • : a type of horse that has short legs

  • : a male swan

Full Definition of cob

  1. 1 [perhaps short for cobswan lead swan] :  a male swan

  2. 2 a dial English :  a rounded mass, lump, or heap b :  a mixture of unburnt clay and straw used especially for constructing walls of small houses in England

  3. 3 :  a crudely struck old Spanish coin of irregular shape

  4. 4 :  corncob 1

  5. 5 :  a stocky short-legged riding horse

Examples of cob

  1. She used a knife to cut the corn from the cob.

  2. We had corn on the cob.



Origin of cob

Middle English cobbe leader of a group, head; probably akin to cub (young animal), Middle English kebbe old cow or sheep, Dutch dialect kabbe, kebbe piglet


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with cob



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cob

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noun \ˈkäb\

Definition of cob

  1. 1 :  a male swan

  2. 2 :  corncob




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