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[kok-spur] /ˈkɒkˌspɜr/
a North American hawthorn, Crataegus crus-galli, having leathery, toothed leaves and red fruit, cultivated as a small ornamental tree.
a gaslight burner having three jets.
Origin of cockspur
First recorded in 1585-95; for cock's spur Unabridged
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  • On arriving in cockspur Street, Hamar's temper underwent a still further trial.

    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 many species of cockspur thorns are multiplied by numerous varieties.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • 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
  • The shape and general appearance of this tube has procured it, among the workmen, the name of the cockspur burner.

  • He hurried back to cockspur Street and going into the laboratory, threw himself into a chair and—thought.

    The Sorcery Club Elliott O'Donnell
  • The shape and general appearance of this tube has procured for it, among the workmen, the name of the "cockspur" burner.

    Gas Burners Owen Merriman
  • And then, in excellent spirits, he repaired to cockspur Street.

    The Sorcery Club Elliott O'Donnell
British Dictionary definitions for cockspur


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