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cob

COB, n.

1. The top or head; a covetous wretch; a foreign coin.

2. In America, the receptacle of the maiz, or American corn; a shoot in form of a pin or spike, on which grows the corn in rows. This receptacle, with the corn, is called the ear.

3. A sea-fowl, the sea-cob.

4. A ball or pellet for feeding fowls.

5. In some parts of England, a spider. Old Dutch, kop or koppe, a spider, retained in koppespin, spinnekop, a spider.

6. A horse not castrated; a strong poney.

COB, v.t. In seamens language, to punish by striking the breech with a flat piece of wood, or with a board.




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COB, n.

1. The top or head; a covetous wretch; a foreign coin.

2. In America, the receptacle of the maiz, or American corn; a shoot in form of a pin or spike, on which grows the corn in rows. This receptacle, with the corn, is called the ear.

3. A sea-fowl, the sea-cob.

4. A ball or pellet for feeding fowls.

5. In some parts of England, a spider. Old Dutch, kop or koppe, a spider, retained in koppespin, spinnekop, a spider.

6. A horse not castrated; a strong poney.

COB, v.t. In seamens language, to punish by striking the breech with a flat piece of wood, or with a board.


COB, n. [W. cob or cop, a top or tuft, a thump; Gr. κυβη; G. kopf, the head; D. kop; Sax. cop.]

  1. The top or head; a covetous wretch; a foreign coin. Bailey. [In these senses not used in America.]
  2. In America, the receptacle of the maiz, or American corn; a shoot in form of a pin or spike, on which grows the corn in rows. This receptacle, with the corn, is called the ear.
  3. A sea-fowl, the sea-cob. [It. gabbiano, a cob, sea-mew, or gull.]
  4. A ball or pellet for feeding fowls. – Bailey.
  5. In some parts of England, a spider. Old Dutch, kop, or koppe, a spider, retained in koppespin, spinnekop, a spider.
  6. A horse not castrated; a strong pony.
  7. Clay mixed with straw.

COB, v.t.

In seamen's language, to punish by striking the breech with a flat piece of wood, or with a board. – Mar. Dict.


Cob
  1. The top or head of anything.

    [Obs.] W. Gifford.
  2. To strike

    [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
  3. A leader or chief; a conspicuous person, esp. a rich covetous person.

    [Obs.]

    All cobbing country chuffs, which make their bellies and their bags their god, are called rich cobs.
    Nash.

  4. To break into small pieces, as ore, so as to sort out its better portions.

    Raymond.
  5. The axis on which the kernels of maize or indian corn grow.

    [U. S.]
  6. To punish by striking on the buttocks with a strap, a flat piece of wood, or the like.
  7. A spider; perhaps from its shape; it being round like a head.
  8. A young herring.

    B. Jonson.
  9. A fish; -- also called miller's thumb.
  10. A short-legged and stout horse, esp. one used for the saddle.

    [Eng.]
  11. A sea mew or gull; esp., the black-backed gull (Larus marinus).

    [Written also cobb.]
  12. A lump or piece of anything, usually of a somewhat large size, as of coal, or stone.
  13. A cobnut; as, Kentish cobs. See Cobnut.

    [Eng.]
  14. Clay mixed with straw.

    [Prov. Eng.]

    The poor cottager contenteth himself with cob for his walls, and thatch for his covering.
    R. Carew.

  15. A punishment consisting of blows inflicted on the buttocks with a strap or a flat piece of wood.

    Wright.
  16. A Spanish coin formerly current in Ireland, worth abiut 4s. 6d.

    [Obs.] Wright.

    Cob coal, coal in rounded lumps from the size of an egg to that of a football; -- called also cobbles. Grose. -- Cob loaf, a crusty, uneven loaf, rounded at top. Wright. -- Cob money, a kind of rudely coined gold and silver money of Spanish South America in the eighteenth century. The coins were of the weight of the piece of eight, or one of its aliquot parts.

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Cob

COB, noun

1. The top or head; a covetous wretch; a foreign coin.

2. In America, the receptacle of the maiz, or American corn; a shoot in form of a pin or spike, on which grows the corn in rows. This receptacle, with the corn, is called the ear.

3. A sea-fowl, the sea-cob.

4. A ball or pellet for feeding fowls.

5. In some parts of England, a spider. Old Dutch, kop or koppe, a spider, retained in koppespin, spinnekop, a spider.

6. A horse not castrated; a strong poney.

COB, verb transitive In seamens language, to punish by striking the breech with a flat piece of wood, or with a board.

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