cauliflower ear

noun

Definition of cauliflower ear

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

Examples of cauliflower ear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At his door stood the man with the cauliflower ears and neck tattoo of a swastika. The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Chuck Palahniuk has a new satirical novel, 'Adjustment Day': Read an excerpt," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cauliflower ear

1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Cauliflower ear.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cauliflower%20ear. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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cauliflower ear

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cauliflower ear

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

cauliflower ear

noun
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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