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cockscomb:

see amaranthamaranth
[Gr.,=unfading], common name for the Amaranthaceae (also commonly known as the pigweed family), a family of herbs, trees, and vines of warm regions, especially in the Americas and Africa.
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drag

1. A piece of sheet steel with a toothed edge along the long dimension; used to level and scratch plaster to produce a key for the next coat; a comb.
2. A tool consisting of a steel plate having a finely serrated edge; used to dress stone by dragging it back and forth across the surface.

cockscomb

, coxcomb
1. an amaranthaceous garden or pot plant, Celosia cristata, with yellow, crimson, or purple feathery plumelike flowers in a broad spike resembling the comb of a cock
2. any similar species of Celosia
3. the comb of a domestic cock
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Thus all the choicest Coxcombs you can call, Do but pretend to Wit by being Dull.
He states that if a coxcomb fails with the ladies in the boxes and pit he then "Steals up and courts the Fulsome Punks above" (168).
To be well laught at is his whole delight, And, 'faith, in that we do the Coxcomb right: Though the Comedian makes the Audience roar, When off the Stage the Booby tickles more.
and, on the whole, I was really much disposed at the end of the evening, (for we never looked near the drawing-room,) to congratulate myself on having made a good exchange for the self-sufficient young Whig coxcombs of Edinburgh.
Blunt Hah, sayst thou so--I have known some such Examples have been the most troublesome quarreling Coxcombs about the Town after it; But a Dod, they are cowards at the bottom for all that.
The foppish Sir Nicholas is also an original creation; among other things, he is described as "a very Coxcomb, but stout" (162).
In this guise, the Widdow feels free to speak her mind, and her analysis of the rebellion accurately describes both the dunces and, eventually, Bacon/Fright-all himself, who commits suicide under false apprehensions at the end of the play: "The times, why what a Devill ailes the times, I see nothing in the times but a company of Coxcombs that fear without a Cause" (2.
He does provide evidence for the conventional view of women as superficial and trivial, the "Coquets, Romps, Prudes, and Idiots" that Magawley is forced to admit exist among women, even as she suggests there are also "Women of Sense," and "Rakes, Fops, Coxcombs, and down-right Fools" among men.
My concern is only that they should give you no pain, whatever they may do to the fine gentlemen twenty miles round, who, ten to one, are such coxcombs as to think they only make you handsomer, without considering that they discover almost every good quality of your mind.
We have a particular reason for telling this correspondent, that 'the coxcomb in livery,' DID NOT PAY the postage of his last favour.
The postage not being paid, the servant is playfully characterized as assuming the conceited impudence of his masters, thus the poem wittily becomes '"the coxcomb in livery'".