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COXCOMB, noun [cocks comb.]

1. The top of the head.

2. The comb resembling that of a cock, which licensed fools wore formerly in their caps.

3. A fop; a vain showy fellow; a superficial pretender to knowledge or accomplishments.

4. A kind of red flower; a name given to a species of Celosia, and some other plants.