cob

\ \ [15] Cob has a bizarre range of meanings – ‘nut’, ‘horse’, ‘male swan’, ‘loaf’, ‘ear of maize’ – but a distillation of them points back to an original ‘head, or something similarly rounded’ (cobnuts and cobloaves, for example, are spherical, and the male swan is the ‘chief’ or ‘leader’). It is therefore tempting to see a connection with the now obsolete coptop, head’ (probably represented in cobweb), and even with Latin caputhead’.
\ \ Cf.COBBLE

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

Synonyms:
, , , / (short-legged and stout), / (of maize),


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  • cob — cob …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • cob — cob·bing; cob·bler; cob·bly; cob·bra; cob·by; cob; cob·den·ism; cob·den·ite; cob·iron; cob·less; cob·web·by; dis·cob·o·lus; ja·cob; ja·cob·son s; kin·cob; leu·cob·ry·um; mal·a·cob·del·la; sar·cob·a·tus; cob·ber; cob·ble; cob·web;… …   English syllables

  • cob — [ kɔb ] n. m. • 1880; mot angl. ♦ Équit. Cheval demi sang, assez trapu, utilisé comme cheval de selle ou d attelage. ● cob nom masculin (anglais cob) Race française de cheval lourd, apprécié pour sa viande. cob, cobe ou kob n. m. Antilope de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Cob — Cob, n. [Cf. AS. cop, copp, head, top, D. kop, G. kopf, kuppe, LL. cuppa cup (cf. E. brainpan), and also W. cob tuft, spider, cop, copa, top, summit, cobio to thump. Cf. {Cop} top, {Cup}, n.] 1. The top or head of anything. [Obs.] W. Gifford.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • CoB — может означать: .cob  расширение имени файла Central Obrera Boliviana  Боливийский рабочий центр Children of Bodom (CoB)  финская музыкальная группа Chip On Board  технология монтажа чипа cob  кукурузный початок CoB  …   Википедия

  • COB — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda La palabra cob hace referencia a ciertos materiales económicos y resistentes de construcción edilicia: Cob Las siglas COB pueden significar: Confederación Obrera Brasileña, confederación sindical de Brasil, de… …   Wikipedia Español

  • cob — s. m. Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  COB s. m. cal de talie mijlocie, cu ancolura groasă şi scurtă. (< engl. cob) Trimis de raduborza, 15.09.2007. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

  • cob — [kɔb US ka:b] n [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: cob big man, leader (15 19 centuries)] 1.) a ↑corncob →↑corn on the cob 2.) BrE a round ↑loaf of bread 3.) a type of horse that is strong and has short legs …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cob — interj. sakoma jaučius varant: Cob, lauky! Cob! rš …   Dictionary of the Lithuanian Language

  • Cob — Cob, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cobbed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cobbing}.] 1. To strike [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mining) To break into small pieces, as ore, so as to sort out its better portions. Raymond. [1913 Webster] 3. (Naut.) To punish …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cob — [kɔp, engl. kɔb] der; s, s <aus gleichbed. engl. cob> kleines, starkes, für Reiten u. Fahren gleichermaßen geeignetes engl. Gebrauchspferd …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

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