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cox·comb  audio  (kkskm) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. A conceited dandy; a fop.
  2. Obsolete A jester's cap; a cockscomb.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English cokkes comb, crest of a cock : cokkes, genitive of cok, cock ; see cock1 + comb, crest ; see comb

OTHER FORMS:
cox·combi·cal  (-km-kl) KEY (Adjective)


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