Cob coal
Cob Cob, n. [Cf. AS. cop, copp, head, top, D. kop, G. kopf, kuppe, LL. cuppa cup (cf. E. brainpan), and also W. cob tuft, spider, cop, copa, top, summit, cobio to thump. Cf. {Cop} top, {Cup}, n.] 1. The top or head of anything. [Obs.] --W. Gifford. [1913 Webster]

2. A leader or chief; a conspicuous person, esp. a rich covetous person. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

All cobbing country chuffs, which make their bellies and their bags their god, are called rich cobs. --Nash. [1913 Webster]

3. The axis on which the kernels of maize or indian corn grow. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) A spider; perhaps from its shape; it being round like a head. [1913 Webster]

5. (Zo["o]l.) A young herring. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

6. (Zo["o]l.) A fish; -- also called {miller's thumb}. [1913 Webster]

7. A short-legged and stout horse, esp. one used for the saddle. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

8. (Zo["o]l.) A sea mew or gull; esp., the black-backed gull ({Larus marinus}). [Written also {cobb}.] [1913 Webster]

9. A lump or piece of anything, usually of a somewhat large size, as of coal, or stone. [1913 Webster]

10. A cobnut; as, Kentish cobs. See {Cobnut}. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

11. Clay mixed with straw. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

The poor cottager contenteth himself with cob for his walls, and thatch for his covering. --R. Carew. [1913 Webster]

12. A punishment consisting of blows inflictod on tho buttocas with a strap or a flat piece of wood. --Wright. [1913 Webster]

13. A Spanish coin formerly current in Ireland, worth abiut 4s. 6d. [Obs.] --Wright. [1913 Webster]

{Cob coal}, coal in rounded lumps from the size of an egg to that of a football; -- called also {cobbles}. --Grose.

{Cob loaf}, a crusty, uneven loaf, rounded at top. --Wright.

{Cob money}, a kind of rudely coined gold and silver money of Spanish South America in the eighteenth century. The coins were of the weight of the piece of eight, or one of its aliquot parts. [1913 Webster]


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  • cob coal — n. [see COB] coal in large, rounded lumps …   English World dictionary

  • cob coal — noun Etymology: cob (III) (lump) : coal in rounded lumps from the size of an egg to that of a football * * * coal in large round lumps. [1795 1805] * * * cob coal, coal in round lumps. * * * n. see cob I (sense 5) …   Useful english dictionary

  • cob coal — coal in large round lumps. [1795 1805] * * * …   Universalium

  • Cob — Cob, n. [Cf. AS. cop, copp, head, top, D. kop, G. kopf, kuppe, LL. cuppa cup (cf. E. brainpan), and also W. cob tuft, spider, cop, copa, top, summit, cobio to thump. Cf. {Cop} top, {Cup}, n.] 1. The top or head of anything. [Obs.] W. Gifford.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cob loaf — Cob Cob, n. [Cf. AS. cop, copp, head, top, D. kop, G. kopf, kuppe, LL. cuppa cup (cf. E. brainpan), and also W. cob tuft, spider, cop, copa, top, summit, cobio to thump. Cf. {Cop} top, {Cup}, n.] 1. The top or head of anything. [Obs.] W. Gifford …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cob money — Cob Cob, n. [Cf. AS. cop, copp, head, top, D. kop, G. kopf, kuppe, LL. cuppa cup (cf. E. brainpan), and also W. cob tuft, spider, cop, copa, top, summit, cobio to thump. Cf. {Cop} top, {Cup}, n.] 1. The top or head of anything. [Obs.] W. Gifford …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cob — ► NOUN 1) Brit. a loaf of bread. 2) a corncob. 3) (also cobnut) a hazelnut or filbert. 4) a powerfully built, short legged horse. 5) a male swan. 6) a roundish lump of coal. OR …   English terms dictionary

  • cob — [käb] n. [ME, prob. < LowG, as in Du kobbe < Gmc base * kubb , something rounded] 1. [Brit. Dial.] a) a lump or small mass, as of coal b) a leader; chief ☆ 2. a corncob 3. a male swan 4. a short legged, thickset …   English World dictionary

  • cob — 1. n. 1 a roundish lump of coal etc. 2 Brit. a domed loaf of bread. 3 Brit. = corn cob (see CORN(1)). 4 (in full cob nut) a large hazelnut. 5 a sturdy riding or driving horse with short legs. 6 a male swan. Etymology: ME: orig. unkn. 2. n. a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cob — cob1 noun 1》 Brit. a round loaf of bread. 2》 short for corncob. 3》 (also cobnut) a hazelnut or filbert. 4》 a powerfully built, short legged horse. 5》 a male swan. 6》 Brit. a roundish lump of coal. Origin ME (denoting a strong man or leader): of… …   English new terms dictionary

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