cauliflower ear


Definition of cauliflower ear

: an ear deformed from injury and excessive growth of reparative tissue

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First Known Use of cauliflower ear

1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Cauliflower ear.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of cauliflower ear

: an ear that is permanently damaged and swollen after being hit many times

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cau·​li·​flow·​er ear | \ ˌkȯ-li-ˌflau̇(-ə)r-, ˌkäl-i- How to pronounce cauliflower ear (audio) \

Medical Definition of cauliflower ear

: an ear deformed from injury and excessive growth of reparative tissue

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