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[n] the fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and other gallinaceous birds
[n] a cap worn by court jesters; adorned with a strip of red
[n] a conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishments

Misc. Definitions

\Cox"comb`\ (k?ks"k?m`), n. [A corrupted spelling of cock's comb.]
1. (a) A strip of red cloth notched like the comb of a cock, which licensed jesters formerly wore in their caps. (b) The cap itself.
2. The top of the head, or the head itself. We will belabor you a little better, And beat a little more care into your coxcombs. --Beau & Fl.
3. A vain, showy fellow; a conceited, silly man, fond of display; a superficial pretender to knowledge or accomplishments; a fop. Fond to be seen, she kept a bevy Of powdered coxcombs at her levee. --Goldsmith. Some are bewildered in the maze of schools, And some made coxcombs, nature meant but fools. --Pope.
4. (Bot.) A name given to several plants of different genera, but particularly to {Celosia cristata}, or garden cockscomb. Same as {Cockscomb}.

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