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cod1

[kod]
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noun, plural (especially collectively) cod, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) cods.
  1. any of several soft-rayed food fishes of the family Gadidae, especially Gadus morhua, of cool, North Atlantic waters.
  2. a closely related fish, Gadus macrocephalus, of the North Pacific.
  3. any of several unrelated fishes, as rockfishes of the genus Sebastes.
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Origin of cod1

1325–75; Middle English origin uncertain

cod2

[kod]
noun
  1. Slang: Vulgar. testicle.
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Origin of cod2

before 1000; Middle English; Old English codd; akin to Old Norse koddi pillow

Cod

[kod]
noun
  1. Cape. Cape Cod.
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COD.

or cod.

  1. codex.
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C.O.D.

or c.o.d.

Commerce.
  1. cash, or collect, on delivery (payment to be made when delivered to the purchaser).
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Origin of C.O.D.

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
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  • Yet this man and his fellows are ever yelping at our heels, like so many dogfish on a cod bank.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The cod, fished for on this coast, is of the middling sort, and very delicate.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz

  • Then put the pure thus obtained into a saucepan, and lay the pieces of cod in it.

    The Skilful Cook

    Mary Harrison

  • Larger fish, such as cod and salmon, are fried in the shape of cutlets.

    The Skilful Cook

    Mary Harrison

  • Mrs. Bangs had a sermon to deliver, and its text was not "cod cheeks."

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for cod

cod1

noun plural cod or cods
  1. any of the gadoid food fishes of the genus Gadus, esp G. morhua (or G. callarias), which occurs in the North Atlantic and has a long body with three rounded dorsal fins: family Gadidae . They are also a source of cod-liver oil
  2. any other fish of the family GadidaeSee gadid
  3. Australian any of various unrelated Australian fish, such as the Murray cod
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Word Origin

C13: probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German cutte

cod2

noun
  1. British and US dialect a pod or husk
  2. an obsolete word for scrotum
  3. obsolete a bag or envelope
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Word Origin

Old English codd husk, bag; related to Old Norse koddi, Danish kodde

cod3

verb cods, codding or codded (tr)
  1. British and Irish slang to make fun of; tease
  2. British and Irish slang to play a trick on; fool
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noun
  1. British and Irish slang a hoax or trick
  2. Irish slang a fraud; hoaxerhe's an old cod
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adjective (prenominal)
  1. British slang mock; shamcod Latin
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Word Origin

C19: perhaps from earlier cod a fool, perhaps shortened from codger

cod4

noun
  1. Northern English dialect a fellow; chaphe's a nice old cod
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Word Origin

of unknown origin

Cod

noun
  1. Cape Cod See Cape Cod
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COD

abbreviation for
  1. cash on delivery
  2. (in the US) collect on delivery
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Word Origin and History for cod

n.

large sea fish, mid-14c. (late 13c. in a surname, Thomas cotfich), of unknown origin; despite similarity of form it has no conclusive connection to the widespread Germanic word for "bag" (e.g. Old English codd, preserved in codpiece). Cod-liver oil known since at least 1610s, was recommended medicinally since 1783, but not popular as a remedy until after 1825.

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C.O.D.

abbreviation of cash on delivery, 1859, originally American English.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cod in Culture

COD

An abbreviation for “cash on delivery” or “collect on delivery.”

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