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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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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.


, 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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By the way, Lord John, I called you a coxcomb just now, which was perhaps unduly severe.
So I read the letters, and contented myself with saying, 'She is very fond of me,' with the indifference of a coxcomb.
At first, indeed, she had seemed to take a pleasure in mortifying my vanity and crushing my presumption - relentlessly nipping off bud by bud as they ventured to appear; and then, I confess, I was deeply wounded, though, at the same time, stimulated to seek revenge; - but latterly finding, beyond a doubt, that I was not that empty-headed coxcomb she had first supposed me, she had repulsed my modest advances in quite a different spirit.
Yes, Honour, says he (this was some time afterwards, when he gave me the crown), I am neither such a coxcomb, or such a villain, as to think of her in any other delight but as my goddess; as such I will always worship and adore her while I have breath.
Miller's a conceited coxcomb, and you may tell him I said so.
Guest is a great coxcomb," young Torry observed; "but then he is a privileged person in St.
It had bright red coxcombs, shiny brown neck feathers and black and red body feathers .
Nightingale's charts would later be called roses or coxcombs.
In fifteenth- and sixteenth-century France, sots appearing with bells and baubles in patched motley with coxcombs and asses' ears on hoods capered in the sortie, or fool's play.