cockspur

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cockspur small spiny West Indian tree
    • n cockspur widely grown stout Old World hay and pasture grass
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cockspur (Bot) A variety of Cratægus, or hawthorn (Cratægus Crus-galli), having long, straight thorns; -- called also Cockspur thorn.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cockspur One of the sharp spurs on the legs of a male gallinaceous bird.
    • n cockspur A small wedge of clay or earthenware placed between articles of pottery to prevent their adhering during and after the process of glazing.
    • n cockspur In botany: A North American species of thorn, Cratægus Crus-galli, frequently cultivated as an ornamental shrub.
    • n cockspur Pisonia aculeata, a West Indian shrub.
    • n cockspur A small shell-fish.
    • n cockspur The ergot of rye. See ergot.
    • n cockspur In British Honduras, Acacia spadicigera, a shrub or small tree armed with curved spines about two inches long, produced in pairs at the base of each branch and each leaf. These thorns are usually hollowed out by ants and serve them as nests.
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Usage

In literature:

In the triangle of Pall Mall and Cockspur Street, the statue of George III.
"The People of the Abyss" by Jack London
That in Cockspur Street?
"Roundabout Papers" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Take, for example, Messrs. Spavin and Cockspur.
"The Book of Snobs" by William Makepeace Thackeray
My garments, Euan, are like to fall from me if these green cockspur thorns give way.
"The Hidden Children" by Robert W. Chambers
And who wants your old strip of sand and cockspurs?
"The Purple Heights" by Marie Conway Oemler
Very probably I'll go in to Town some time during the day and call at Cockspur Street.
"The Sorcery Club" by Elliott O'Donnell
He used two types of burners, the Argand and the cockspur.
"Artificial Light" by M. Luckiesh
The street is now called Cockspur-street.
"Recollections of Old Liverpool" by A Nonagenarian
It is rumoured that the Cockspurs contemplate reprisals.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, September 16, 1914" by Various
BAILEY'S, Cockspur-street; Mr. W. BACON, No.
"A Treatise on Foreign Teas" by Hugh Smith
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In news:

Cockspur Island Lighthouse makes a comeback.
Threatened with collapse by forces of nature over the years, the little lighthouse near the eastern end of Cockspur Island is nearly out of the woods — or the water, as the case may be.
Cockspur Island Lighthouse to be restored.
Harvey Ferrelle and John Wylly have fought to raise funds to restore the Cockspur Island Lighthouse for more than seven years.
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