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cauliflower ear

an ear that has been deformed by repeated injury, resulting in an irregular thickening of scar tissue.
Origin of cauliflower ear
An Americanism dating back to 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • It was everlastingly too late—hence the cauliflower ear referred to above.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • It never went entirely back to its normal shape, and was called a “cauliflower ear” by the sailors.

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for cauliflower ear

cauliflower ear

permanent swelling and distortion of the external ear as the result of ruptures of the blood vessels: usually caused by blows received in boxing Also called boxer's ear Technical name aural haematoma
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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cauliflower ear in Medicine

cauliflower ear cau·li·flow·er ear (kô'lĭ-flou'ər)
An ear that is swollen, hardened, and deformed from extravasation of blood following repeated blows.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for cauliflower ear

cauliflower ear

noun phrase

A boxer's or wrestler's ear deformed by injuries and accumulated scar tissue (1900s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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