(k?ks"k?m`), n. [A corrupted spelling of cock's comb.] 1. (a) A strip of red cloth notched like the comb of a cock, which licensed jesters formerly wore in their caps. (b) The cap itself.
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2. The top of the head, or the head itself.
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We will belabor you a little better,
And beat a little more care into your coxcombs.
Beau & Fl.
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3. A vain, showy fellow; a conceited, silly man, fond of display; a superficial pretender to knowledge or accomplishments; a fop.
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Fond to be seen, she kept a bevy
Of powdered coxcombs at her levee.
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Some are bewildered in the maze of schools,
And some made coxcombs, nature meant but fools.
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4. (Bot.) A name given to several plants of different genera, but particularly to Celosia cristata, or garden cockscomb. Same as Cockscomb.
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