Cock of the rock
Cock Cock (k[o^]k), n. [AS. coc; of unknown origin, perh. in imitation of the cry of the cock. Cf. {Chicken}.] 1. The male of birds, particularly of gallinaceous or domestic fowls. [1913 Webster]

2. A vane in the shape of a cock; a weathercock. [1913 Webster]

Drenched our steeples, drowned the cocks! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A chief man; a leader or master. [Humorous] [1913 Webster]

Sir Andrew is the cock of the club, since he left us. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

4. The crow of a cock, esp. the first crow in the morning; cockcrow. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

He begins at curfew, and walks till the first cock. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. A faucet or valve. [1913 Webster]

Note: Jonsons says, ``The handle probably had a cock on the top; things that were contrived to turn seem anciently to have had that form, whatever was the reason.'' Skinner says, because it used to be constructed in forma crit[ae] galli, i.e., in the form of a cock's comb. [1913 Webster]

6. The style of gnomon of a dial. --Chambers. [1913 Webster]

7. The indicator of a balance. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

8. The bridge piece which affords a bearing for the pivot of a balance in a clock or watch. --Knight. [1913 Webster]

9. a penis. [vulgar] [PJC]

{Ball cock}. See under {Ball}.

{Chaparral cock}. See under {Chaparral}.

{Cock and bull story}, {an extravagant}, boastful story; a canard.

{Cock of the plains} (Zo["o]l.) See {Sage cock}.

{Cock of the rock} (Zo["o]l.), a South American bird ({Rupicola aurantia}) having a beautiful crest.

{Cock of the walk}, a chief or master; the hero of the hour; one who has overcrowed, or got the better of, rivals or competitors.

{Cock of the woods}. See {Capercailzie}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • cock-of-the-rock — /kok euhv dheuh rok /, n., pl. cocks of the rock. a brilliant orange red bird of the genus Rupicola, of northern South America, having an erect crest that conceals the bill. [1815 25] * * * cock of the rockˈ noun A S American bird of the family… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cock of the rock — noun 1. bird of the Andes similar to Rupicola rupicola • Syn: ↑Rupicola peruviana • Hypernyms: ↑cotinga, ↑chatterer 2. tropical bird of northern South America the male having brilliant red or orange plumage and an erectile disklike crest • Syn: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • cock-of-the-rock — /kok euhv dheuh rok /, n., pl. cocks of the rock. a brilliant orange red bird of the genus Rupicola, of northern South America, having an erect crest that conceals the bill. [1815 25] * * * ▪ bird  either of two species of brilliantly coloured… …   Universalium

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  • cock-of-the-rock — noun (plural cocks of the rock) a crested cotinga (bird) found in the tropical forests of South America, the male of which has brilliant orange or red plumage. [Genus Rupicola: two species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • cock-of-the-rock — /kɒk əv ðə ˈrɒk/ (say kok uhv dhuh rok) noun either of two brilliant orange red South American birds of the genus Rupicola, having a semi circular crest that extends to the top of the bill …   Australian English dictionary

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