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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of cockspur

Historical Examples of cockspur

  • 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



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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