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cob1 / käb/ • n. 1. (also corn·cob) the central, cylindrical, woody part of the corn ear to which the grains, or kernels, are attached. 2. (also cob·nut) a hazelnut or filbert, esp. one of a large variety. ∎  a hazel or filbert bush. 3. a powerfully built, short-legged horse. 4. a male swan. 5. Brit. a roundish lump of coal. cob2 • n. Brit. a mixture of compressed clay and straw used, esp. in former times, for building walls: [as adj.] cob and thatch cottages.

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cob in many applications which can be mostly grouped under the headings ‘head’ and ‘roundish object, round clump’, among the earliest being ‘great man, leader’ (XV), ‘male swan’ (XVI), cob-nut (XVI); loaf with a round head (XVII); the application to a stout short-legged horse (XIX) has been referred to dial. cobs testicles. of obscure orig.; in AL. cobus cob-loaf (XIII); cf. WFlem. kobbe tuft of feathers, head of hair, dome of the head, WFris, kobbe drop.

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cob. Composition containing clay, gravel, sand, straw, and water, thoroughly mixed until it is consistent and plastic, and applied in layers (without formwork) to make walls, then finished with a roof and several coats of lime-wash. Commonly found in south-west England, it offered a cheap way of building, and, provided it was protected from the rain, was stable. Compare adobe or pisé-de-terre.

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Cob

a bunch of hair; a stack of grain or hay; a rounded heap or mass; a small heap of anything.

Examples: cob of grain; of hair [a bunch or chignon]; of hay, 1616; of jelly, 1876.

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COB • abbr. close of business: you have until COB today to show us why you should not be disconnected.

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cobblob, bob, cob, dob, fob, glob, gob, hob, job, knob, lob, mob, nob, rob, slob, snob, sob, squab, stob, swab, throb, yob •nabob • skibob • thingamabob •corncob • hobnob • doorknob •heartthrob

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