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cockspur

[kok-spur]
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noun
  1. a North American hawthorn, Crataegus crus-galli, having leathery, toothed leaves and red fruit, cultivated as a small ornamental tree.
  2. a gaslight burner having three jets.

Origin of cockspur

First recorded in 1585–95; for cock's spur
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  • One afternoon in the spring of '95 I happened to meet him at a corner of Cockspur Street.

    And Even Now

    Max Beerbohm

  • And then, in excellent spirits, he repaired to Cockspur Street.

    The Sorcery Club

    Elliott O'Donnell

  • It was on Cockspur Island, which is a mile long by half a mile wide, and commanded all the channels leading up to the harbor.

    Campfire and Battlefield

    Rossiter Johnson

  • The gas-burner first employed by Murdock received the name "cockspur" from the shape of the flame.

    Artificial Light

    M. Luckiesh

  • The cockspur thorn is a small, handsome tree, fifteen to twenty feet high, with stiff branches in a broad round head.

    Trees Worth Knowing

    Julia Ellen Rogers


British Dictionary definitions for cockspur

cockspur

noun
  1. a spur on the leg of a cock
  2. an annual grass, Echinochloa crus-galli, widely distributed in tropical and warm temperate regions
  3. a small thorny North American hawthorn tree, Crataegus crus-galli
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