\ ˈkäb How to pronounce cob (audio) \

Definition of cob

1 [ perhaps short for cobswan lead swan ] : a male swan
2a dialectal, England : a rounded mass, lump, or heap
b : a mixture of unburned clay and straw used especially for constructing walls of small houses in England
3 : a crudely struck old Spanish coin of irregular shape often used before another noun a cob dollar
5 : a stocky short-legged riding horse

Examples of cob in a Sentence

She used a knife to cut the corn from the cob. We had corn on the cob.

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In severe cases, a gastrointestinal disorder can develop and obstructions can occur — especially if the pet eats a bone or corn on the cob. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: Fourth of July pet safety: Fireworks, barbecues, mosquitoes, oh my!," 1 July 2019 In addition to ribs, visitors can enjoy corn on the cob, homemade lemonade, corndogs, blooming onions and other traditional festival fare., "Strongsville Rib Burnoff continues today, tomorrow," 21 June 2019 The Strongsville City Club’s annual Rib Burnoff kicks off June 20 and runs through June 22 on the Commons, featuring award-winning ribs, corn on the cob and lots of other sides, fresh lemonade, inflatables for the kids and live entertainment daily. Shirley Macfarland,, "The ribs will soon be grilling at City Club’s Rib Burnoff: Strong Points," 6 June 2019 The first day is devoted to renditions of summer favorites like corn on the cob and fried chicken, in cake form. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "How to Keep Cooking-Obsessed Kids Busy This Summer," 19 June 2018 Cut kernels from cob, and add to the Vitamix A3500 Blender with roasted red peppers, vegetable broth, garlic, olive oil, butter, chili powder, paprika, and salt. Vitamix, Bon Appetit, "Roasted Corn and Red Pepper Soup with Cheesy Croutons," 11 June 2018 Using a sharp knife, slice the kernels from the cob into a mixing bowl. Tyler Florence, House Beautiful, "Tyler Florence's Take on a Classic Summertime Dish," 3 July 2014 But rather than go all-out with cob webs, spiders, bats, ghosts and so-on, leave it to the food to bring a touch of classic Halloween fun to your party. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "20 Halloween Party Ideas So Sophisticated They’ll Scare You," 18 Oct. 2018 Begone, barbeque chicken! See you later, corn on the cob! Summer is gone, and with it, the light and tangy recipes of the season. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Hot and Hearty Pie Recipes to Kick Off Autumn in Your Kitchen," 21 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of cob

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of cob was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of cob

: a type of horse that has short legs
: a male swan


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Kids Definition of cob

1 : a male swan
2 : corncob

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