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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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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.
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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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This led to some wonderfully-light comic moments, particularly when his group of English friends pretended to be preening coxcombs at the Prince's masked ball instead of the daring fighters they were by night in France.
After witnessing deplorable sanitary conditions in the Crimea, she wrote Notes on Matters Affecting the Health, Efficiency and Hospital Administration of the British Army (1858), which includes several graphs of her own design that she called "Coxcombs." Nightingale made it clear that far more deaths were attributable to non-battle causes (so-called "preventable causes") than to battle-related canses.
Following the Constitutional Convention of 1787 for example, George Mason was reported to have commented "that the Convention, generally speaking, was made up of block-heads from the northern, coxcombs from the southern, & office-seekers from the middle states." (44) Many Anti-Federalists took for granted the cultural differences separating the regions and saw them as an insuperable barrier to such reform.
Nicely laid out, too: crisp white tablecloth, scarlet serviettes ruched until they looked like cockerel's coxcombs. The view wasn't too bad either, over decking towards a neat, modern-looking water feature, one so tidy it looked as if Charlie Dimmock might still be lurking around somewhere, waiting to be praised and thanked for her speedy handiwork.
The Portuguese were dismissed as 'braggards' and 'coxcombs', and no match for the English captains who soberly trusted to their Protestant God to favour his unworthy servants.
It is therefore prudent to keep them within their proper sphere, suffering them only to bear sway over the prigs and coxcombs and Smarts of the age, their natural and proper subjects." (75)
Nor Cr--n for blaming Coxcombs, when I see Sir Courtly's not a nicer Fop than he.
Flowers surged forth from the table like water overflowing a glass, perfumed and wild, birds-of-paradise and hollyhocks, anthurium and tea roses, thistle and heather and columbines and crocuses and daffodils and poppies and verbena and coxcombs and zinnias and sweet-peas and wisteria and candytufts and ragged robins and larkspur and chrysanthemums and more that may not have even had names or that I couldn't name, but that spilled onto the floor anyway in waves and waves of colors and perfumes until I was dizzy.
All the commerce was centred on the periphery of the town; the centre was abandoned, and the few people that I did encounter in the streets were for the most part young, insolent-looking coxcombs, with the stamp of the Wen of London very much imprinted on their manners.
The implied speaker of the poem is, of course, a servant, which fact, taken with the title of the piece that presents it as arriving with the two cockscombs, means that the poem itself can humorously be regarded as the coxcombs' servant, hence the 'in livery'.
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.(83)
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.