One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The central, cylindrical, woody part of the corn ear to which the grains, or kernels, are attached.
- ‘She then opened a corn cob covered in foil and ate it.’
- ‘The porcupine will gnaw at the base of the maize stalk and drop it, and in doing so is able to get to the maize cob.’
- ‘In addition to eating corn fresh, the kernels could also be dried to form a flour for breads and cakes, and the cobs were turned into corn pipes and toys.’
- ‘Using a sharp knife, cut the husks off the corn cob.’
- ‘If making a soup or a sauce, extract the milky juice from the bits of kernels left on the cob by scraping the cob with the dull side of a knife.’
- ‘A cook might prepare ‘fried corn,’ by cutting the grains off of the cob and creaming them in a skillet.’
- ‘Some sit on thin pedestals or dangle from the tips of twigs; others perch directly on branches, lined up like kernels on a corncob.’
- ‘Using a grater set over a bowl, grate the corn kernels off the cobs.’
- ‘So my dad decided to set a trap for the villain, suspected to be a deer, and made this complicated contraption involving an old camera and some sort of trigger attached to a cob of corn.’
- ‘I have since found the answer - as the ‘silks’ begin to form on the cobs.’
- ‘The ‘Corncob Scarecrow’ requires students to contribute the most essential supplies for the project, corncobs and husks.’
- ‘It has a natural affinity with sweetcorn, so pile a few cobs on the table - a meal that should definitely be eaten with the hands.’
- ‘Carefully peel the corn cob removing all of the silky threads and cut off the base so that it can stand flat on the table.’
- ‘Cut the corn from the cobs and place the kernels in a large skillet.’
- ‘Hardwood bark mulch (oak or pine), rotted sawdust, and chopped corncobs are good mulches.’
- ‘Corn on the cob barbecues beautifully, as do bell peppers misted with olive oil.’
- ‘It produces an exceptionally large number of cobs in a range of colours which are not only totally edible but also, as dried flowers, highly decorative.’
- ‘A Slovenian peasant removes corn from the dried cobs while his wife holds his new hat.’
- ‘Under the elevated train line along Roosevelt Avenue, cardboard turkeys and dried corncobs decorate storefront windows.’
- ‘Place the corncobs in a large saucepan and cover with cold water.’
2A hazelnut or filbert, especially one of a large variety.
- ‘At this time of the year fresh juicy walnuts and cobnuts are available.’
- ‘At yesterday's event, late-grown English strawberries, farm-pressed apple juice and sweet Kentish cobnuts were available.’
- ‘Dry floral scents are boosted by tangy citrus aromas that deliver fresh lemon tinged flavours with just a hint of cobnut on the finish.’
- 2.1 A hazel or filbert bush.
3A powerfully built, short-legged horse.
- ‘The head groom lent him a large, strong, dappled grey cob named Trojan.’
- ‘Rowan, a five-year-old cob and shire cross who is 16 hands tall, was trapped for six hours in a water-filled ditch at a farm.’
- ‘He owns a pair of cobs which pull the Romany caravan he built himself, and when the mood takes him they take to the road.’
- ‘The judge said: ‘This is a superb cob and a worthy champion.’’
- ‘He just untied the pack mule from its tie to the back of the cob's saddle and led him along the cobblestone path.’
4A male swan.
- ‘The male swan, or cob was unable to free itself for three days after a fishing hook became embedded in its leg and the fishing line got wrapped around it.’
- ‘There are ducks and cranes, and every few miles a cob and pen circle as only swans can in their own territory.’
- ‘My wife and our Labrador were attacked by a cob today, and although no physical harm was done they were both terrified.’
- ‘The founding member of the organisation said a male cob was mowed down as it crossed the road.’
- ‘She said, ‘This was a large, healthy, handsome cob who was hit by a motorist and died with multiple injuries.’’
5British A roundish lump of coal.
Late Middle English (denoting a strong man or leader): of unknown origin. The underlying general sense appears to be ‘rounded, sturdy’.
A mixture of compressed clay and straw used, especially in former times, for building walls.as modifier ‘cob and thatch cottages’
- ‘The traditional habitat of the Alsatian lowland consists of houses constructed with walls in half-timbering and cob and roofing in flat tiles.’
- ‘Students on America's 3,700 campuses are getting buzzed on building cob houses and fighting environmental racism.’
- ‘There has been a explosion of interest recently in the development of sustainable building materials, from straw bale to cob.’
- ‘The typical two-room house is built of cob (earth mixed with rice straw), coconut fronds, or raffia.’
- ‘In sharp contrast with the bare simplicity of the cob cottage is a sitting room furnished in the fashion of a 1905 home of a well-to-do family.’
- ‘They may cultivate organic gardens, recycle human waste, build with cob and straw bale, and employ solar and wind power.’
- ‘The cob cottage was reconstructed in the simple style of the Christchurch pioneer houses.’
- ‘Cement stucco can create serious problems when applied to straw bale, cob or adobe homes.’
- ‘Mixed in pits, the cob is then formed into small loaves, which are deposited on the foundation, then massaged and shaped by hand.’
- ‘In 1972 this two-roomed cob cottage which stands in front of the Museum was built with cob blocks from Fernside, and equipped with gifts from local families.’
- ‘Founders of urban ecovillage projects must usually forego any dreams of straw bale or cob structures, because building codes often are rigidly enforced.’
- ‘The remaining walls are made of cob, a mixture of sand, clay and straw.’
- ‘When the cob mix dries, it takes on the hardness of sandstone.’
- ‘Unlike clay pots, though, the walls of cob rooms are thick - 4 to 24 inches - strong and durable.’
- ‘They were to live at the Bluff homestead, a cob house built in 1860 of clay and chopped tussock.’
- ‘Builders of straw bale, adobe, cob and other types of natural homes use earthen plasters for interior and exterior walls, usually applying the plaster in two or three layers.’
- ‘Earth building, such as cob, straw bale, and adobe, is gaining in popularity due to these homes' overall energy efficiency, longevity, beauty, and low environmental impact.’
- ‘Earth-walled buildings such as Devon cob, Lincolnshire mud-and-stud and Cumbria clay buildings are very rare and also extremely friable and susceptible to damage.’
- ‘In the next 12 months alone, there is a need for almost 200 lime plasterers, around 140 wattle and daub craftspeople, over 100 glaziers and almost 60 cob builders.’
- ‘He imported their house from Australia in sections made of Australian hardwood, and later the walls were filled with cob made from local mud.’
Early 17th century: of unknown origin.
nounin phrase have" or "get a cob on
Be or get annoyed.‘he used to go on vacation when the band was due to appear on TV (Mac'd get a real cob on about it)’
- ‘He can be competitive in training and when he's got a cob on with someone, he lets you know.’
- ‘Raymond is what I was christened and what my mum calls me when she has a cob on with me.’
- ‘The band were great, although it seemed like the singer still had a cob on.’
- ‘There have been many occasions when, due to having a cob on for whatever reasons, I've been tempted to answer the phone at work like that.’
- ‘Or has he got a cob on with the nation's hacks?’
- ‘He got a cob on and stopped playing, then one by one the rest of the team ran after him.’
- ‘We especially liked his first goal because he had a cob on as only he can.’
- ‘Well we say that to each other when one of us has got a cob on and so we just thought we'd make a song out of it.’
- ‘He has got a cob on, as I only have one ticket.’
1930s: of unknown origin.
- variant spelling of kob
Close of business.‘you have until COB today to show us why you should not be disconnected’
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