rose comb


Definition of rose comb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a flat rather broad comb of a domestic fowl that has the upper surface studded with small tubercles and terminates posteriorly in a fleshy spike
2 : a disorder of mushrooms in which the caps are much distorted and which is probably caused by chemical irritants (as oily sprays or heater fumes)


variants: or less commonly rose-combed \ ˈ⸗¦kōmd \

Definition of rose-comb (Entry 2 of 2)

: having a rose comb

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First Known Use of rose comb


1831, in the meaning defined above


1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rose comb


rose entry 2 + comb


rose-comb from rose comb; rose-combed from rose entry 2 + combed

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“Rose comb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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