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1The crest or comb of a domestic cock.
- ‘This pie would be one containing especially fine titbits such as cockscombs and sweetbreads.’
- ‘The museum owns two masks, which are similar to the present example; they are adorned with a cockscomb and horns but no chameleons.’
- ‘Joe - black skullcap, five red spikes sprouting like a deranged cockscomb from ear to ear - had spent the night at Sam's house.’
- ‘The chef's favorite offal product, tripe, graces the menu, as do rubbery coxcombs (braised, with green chilies), and sweetbreads fried like chicken in a crunchy, salty batter.’
2A tropical plant with a crest of tiny yellow, orange, or red flowers, grown as a pot plant.
- ‘Plant hot weather annuals such as cockscomb, Madagascar periwinkle, portulaca, and annual salvias.’
- ‘Flower stands are jam-packed with summer's best bouquets: dahlias, daisies, cockscombs and especially lilies of all sorts in mouth-watering colors.’
- ‘Covered in dried flowers - such as cockscomb, bells of Ireland, and gomphrena - these wreaths pack visual punch on the front door or over the mantel.’
3A brightly coloured orchid of southern North America, related to the coralroots.Also called coralroot
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