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[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.
Sometimes they met with rival coxcombs in the young Indians from the opposite shore, who would appear on the beach painted and decorated in fantastic style, and would saunter up and down, to be gazed at and admired, perfectly satisfied that they eclipsed their pale-faccd competitors.
The floral arrangement included an array of succulents, roses, coxcomb, antique hydrangeas, tulips, proteas, and fiddlehead ferns.
An ass head and a coxcomb and a knave, a thin faced knave and gull - Twelfth Night
Thou damned tripe visaged rascal - Henry IV part 2 You whoreson cullionly barbermonger - King Lear An ass head and a coxcomb and a knave, a thin faced knave and gull - Twelfth Night Thou cream faced loon -Macbeth
Naturally, there was an innocent explanation but Janet, a good and proper woman, was outraged: First, at the very idea that she would be unwise enough to take up with so vain a coxcomb as the Lawnmower and, second, that her boy Billy would entertain so tasteless a notion.
61)--indicates that the actor playing this part should wear the jester's traditional parti-colored motley, preferably with the coxcomb hood and bells.
Goering and Goebbels were bludgeon and rapier, cosh and hypodermic; Dr Goebbels sounded as charged-up as Jim Jones the madman of Guyana, distraught with power, who in turn was oily as Bob Guccione the odious coxcomb of Penthouse, purveyor of wet dreams.
She spoke of coxcomb diagrams as evidence for designing healing environments for ensuring public health, for birthing the Red Cross and nurse training schools, and for influencing political health care agendas.
Constantine, Emperor of the World, coxcomb and murderer, Tipped the scale at the Council of Nicea, So that we, generation after generation, meditate on the Holy Trinity, Mystery of mysteries, without which The blood of man would have been alien to the blood of the universe And the spilling of His own blood by a suffering God, who offered Himself As a sacrifice even as He was creating the world, would have been in vain.
Rather than being angry and resentful, Robert Ferrars is a gay and silly but cleverly sell-interested coxcomb, and he is perceived as such by the novel's most reliable character, Elinor: "He addressed her with easy civility, and twisted his head into a bow which assured her as plainly as words could have done, that he was exactly the coxcomb she had heard him described to be by Lucy" (250).
Nightingale is also renowned as an early statistician, and developed graphical representations of data (her coxcomb to illustrate causes of mortality among British forces fighting in the Crimean War) (Betts & Wright, 2006).