One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Husks separated from wheat grain by threshing; wheat chaff.‘cocky chaff was used as a binder in walls of mud brick’
- ‘He thought pollard and cocky chaff the cheapest food for working horses.’
- ‘He preferred to feed oats dry, mixed with cocky chaff, giving about 1½ gallons of oats per horse per day.’
- ‘He got rid of ticks by putting some damp cocky chaff in the henhouse and setting fire to it, creating a dense smoke.’
- ‘Scatter the grain well between cocky chaff or straw to keep birds busy and promote health.’
- ‘A few loads of straw or cocky chaff spread on such places will overcome the difficulty.’
- ‘Cover the oats with as much water as they will soak up, and allow them to swell before mixing them with a little bran and cocky chaff.’
- ‘He read a paper on the conservation of cocky chaff.’
- ‘To secure a sufficient supply of fodder, cut as much hay as possible, save the cocky chaff, and gather and stack as much straw as possible.’
- ‘When necessary to feed them after harvest, they may be given as much cocky chaff as hay chaff, and will do well on it.’
- ‘It would be far better in the end to utilize the hay, straw, and cocky chaff with such grain as was available to make a good average food.’
Late 19th century: from cocky + chaff.
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