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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The quirky cockscomb matches the pattern and color of the table. Lindsey Taylor, WSJ, "A Spooky Floral Arrangement Inspired by Edvard Munch," 19 Oct. 2017 This is the street pimp’s cockscomb, the big bad dude Capone hat. Gail Sheehy, Daily Intelligencer, "Wide Open City/Part II: Redpants and Sugarman," 9 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of cockscomb

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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