rose comb

1 of 2

noun

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)

rose-comb

2 of 2

adjective

variants or less commonly rose-combed
ˈ⸗¦kōmd
: having a rose comb

Word History

Etymology

Noun

rose entry 2 + comb

Adjective

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

First Known Use

Noun

1831, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rose comb was in 1831

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“Rose comb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rose%20comb. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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