cockscomb

noun
cocks·​comb | \ ˈkäks-ˌkōm How to pronounce cockscomb (audio) \

Definition of cockscomb

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

Examples of cockscomb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The yard also included hydrangea, mums, asters and unusual cluster plantings of cabbage, red cockscomb and red peppers. Susan Degrane, chicagotribune.com, "Flowers, fairies and purple peppers highlight Beverly group’s tour of area gardens," 16 Sep. 2020 At home, Dawn maintained stunning collections of bachelor buttons, lilies, cockscomb, chrysanthemums, and different shrubs for greenery. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Dawn Sheets, beloved florist, baker and seamstress, died of COVID-19," 29 May 2020 Bombay’ series cockscombs come in a variety of otherwordly color combinations. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Plant a Pumpkin Spice Latte-Inspired Garden That Looks Good Enough to Drink," 9 Aug. 2019 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

circa 1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cockscomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cockscomb. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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