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[kawrn-kob] /ˈkɔrnˌkɒb/
the elongated woody core in which the grains of an ear of corn are embedded.
Also called corncob pipe. a tobacco pipe with a bowl made from a corncob.
Origin of corncob
An Americanism dating back to 1780-90; corn1 + cob Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There are pedants and bigots who insist that the jug must be stoppered with a corncob.


    Christopher Morley
  • The judge stood at his gate a minute, lighting his corncob pipe.

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb
  • He puffed vigorously at his corncob, and continued to carve his ship model.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • Aunt Ailsey took up a corncob pipe from the stones and fell to smoking.

    The Battle Ground Ellen Glasgow
  • Her uncle had risen and was feeling for his corncob pipe on the ledge above the door.

    Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
  • I found a corncob pipe that the ships owner had been looking for for weeks.

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  • She drew forth two flasks, each stoppered with a bit of corncob.

    The Way of a Man

    Emerson Hough
  • Well, Cynthia, when your inquiry reached me I propped my feet on the desk, got out the corncob pipe and thought things over.

  • Here was but one individual, a man in his shirt-sleeves who was smoking a corncob pipe and bending over a test tube.

  • He refilled and relighted the corncob while Mr. Merrick stared at him in thoughtful silence.

British Dictionary definitions for corncob


the core of an ear of maize, to which kernels are attached
short for corncob pipe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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