cockscomb

noun cocks·comb \ ˈkäks-ˌkōm \

Definition of cockscomb

1 : coxcomb
2 : a garden plant (Celosia cristata) of the amaranth family grown for its flowers

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1534

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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