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cob

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noun
a corncob.
a male swan.
a short-legged, thick-set horse, often having a high gait and frequently used for driving.
British. a mixture of clay and straw, used as a building material.
British Dialect. a rounded mass or lump.
a crude silver or gold Spanish-American coin of the 16th to 18th centuries, characteristically irregular in shape and bearing only a partial impression of the dies from which it was struck.
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Origin of cob

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English cobbe “male swan, leader of a gang”; these and various subsequent senses are obscurely related and probably in part of distinct origin

Other definitions for cob (2 of 2)

COB

abbreviation Business.
close of business: The data analysis will be on your desk by COB Wednesday.
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British Dictionary definitions for cob (1 of 2)

cob1
/ (kɒb) /

noun
verb cobs, cobbing or cobbed
(tr) British informal to beat, esp on the buttocks

Word Origin for cob

C15: of uncertain origin; probably related to Icelandic kobbi seal; see cub

British Dictionary definitions for cob (2 of 2)

cob2

cobb

/ (kɒb) /

noun
an archaic or dialect name for the greater black-backed gull (Larus marinus)See also gull 1

Word Origin for cob

C16: of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kob, kobbe
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