Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Cow-pilot (kou"pī`lŭt) noun (Zoology) A handsomely banded, coral-reef fish, of Florida and the West Indies ( Pomacentrus saxatilis ); -- called also mojarra .

Cow's lungwort (kouz" l?ng"w?rt`). Mullein.

Cowleeching noun Healing the distemper of cows.

Cowlick noun A tuft of hair turned up or awry (usually over the forehead), as if licked by a cow.

Cowlike adjective Resembling a cow.

With cowlike udders and with oxlike eyes.
Pope.

Cowlstaff noun [ Cowl a vessel + staff .] A staff or pole on which a vessel is supported between two persons. Suckling.

Coworker noun One who works with another; a co...perator.

Cowpea (-pē`) noun The seed of one or more leguminous plants of the genus Dolichos ; also, the plant itself. Many varieties are cultivated in the southern part of the United States.

Cowpea noun (Botany) A leguminous plant ( Vigna Sinensis , syn. V. Catjang ) found throughout the tropics of the Old World. It is extensively cultivated in the Southern United States for fodder, and the seed is used as food for man.

Cowper's glands (kou"p?rz gl?ndz`). [ After the discoverer, William Cowper , an English surgeon.] (Anat.) Two small glands discharging into the male urethra.

Cowpock (-pŏk`) noun See Cowpox . Dunglison.

Cowpox (-pŏks`) noun (Medicine) A pustular eruptive disease of the cow, which, when communicated to the human system, as by vaccination, protects from the smallpox; vaccinia; -- called also kinepox , cowpock , and kinepock . Dunglison.

Cowquake (-kwāk`) noun (Botany) A genus of plants ( Briza ); quaking grass.

Cowrie (-rȳ) noun (Botany) Same as Kauri .

Cowrie, Cowry (kou"rȳ) noun ; plural Cowries (- rĭz). [ Hind. kaurī .] (Zoology) A marine shell of the genus Cypræa .

» There are numerous species, many of them ornamental. Formerly C. moneta and several other species were largely used as money in Africa and some other countries, and they are still so used to some extent. The value is always trifling, and varies at different places.

Cowslip (-slĭp`) noun [ Anglo-Saxon cūslyppe , cūsloppe , probably orig., cow's droppings. Confer Slop , noun ] (Botany)
1. A common flower in England ( Primula veris ) having yellow blossoms and appearing in early spring. It is often cultivated in the United States.

2. In the United States, the marsh marigold ( Caltha palustris ), appearing in wet places in early spring and often used as a pot herb. It is nearer to a buttercup than to a true cowslip. See Illust. of Marsh marigold .

American cowslip (Botany) , a pretty flower of the West ( Dodecatheon Meadia ), belonging to the same order ( Primulaceæ ) with the English cowslip. -- French cowslip (Botany) , bear's-ear ( Primula Auricula ).

Cowslipped (-slĭpt`) adjective Adorned with cowslips. " Cowslipped lawns." Keats.

Cowweed (-wEd`),, noun (Botany) Same as Cow parsley .

Cowwheat noun (Botany) A weed of the genus Melampyrum , with black seeds, found on European wheatfields.

Cox noun [ Middle English cokes . Confer Coax .] A coxcomb; a simpleton; a gull. [ Obsolete]

Go; you're a brainless cox , a toy, a fop.
Beau. & Fl.

Coxa noun [ Latin , the hip.] (Zoology) The first joint of the leg of an insect or crustacean.

Coxalgia noun [ New Latin coxalgia , from Latin coxa hip. + Greek ......... pain: confer French coxalgie .] (Medicine) Pain in the hip.

Coxcomb noun [ A corrupted spelling of cock's comb .]
1. (a) A strip of red cloth notched like the comb of a cock, which licensed jesters formerly wore in their caps. (b) The cap itself.

2. The top of the head, or the head itself .

We will belabor you a little better,
And beat a little more care into your coxcombs .
Beau & Fl.

3. A vain, showy fellow; a conceited, silly man, fond of display; a superficial pretender to knowledge or accomplishments; a fop.

Fond to be seen, she kept a bevy
Of powdered coxcombs at her levee.
Goldsmith.

Some are bewildered in the maze of schools,
And some made coxcombs , nature meant but fools.
Pope.

4. (Botany) A name given to several plants of different genera, but particularly to Celosia cristata , or garden cockscomb. Same as Cockscomb .

Coxcombical adjective Befitting or indicating a coxcomb; like a coxcomb; foppish; conceited. -- Cox*comb"ic*al*ly , adverb

Studded all over in coxcombical fashion with little brass nails.
W. Irving.

Coxcombly adjective like a coxcomb. [ Obsolete] "You coxcombly ass, you!" Beau. & Fl.

Coxcombry noun The manners of a coxcomb; foppishness.

Coxcomical adjective Coxcombical. [ R.]

Coxcomically adverb Conceitedly. [ R.]

Coxswain noun See Cockswain .

Coy (koi) adjective [ Middle English coi quiet, still, Old French coi , coit , from Latin quietus quiet, past participle of quiescere to rest, quie rest; probably akin to English while . See While , and confer Quiet , Quit , Quite .]
1. Quiet; still. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

2. Shrinking from approach or familiarity; reserved; bashful; shy; modest; -- usually applied to women, sometimes with an implication of coquetry.

Coy , and difficult to win.
Cowper.

Coy and furtive graces.
W. Irving.

Nor the coy maid, half willings to be pressed,
Shall kiss the cup, to pass it to the rest.
Goldsmith.

3. Soft; gentle; hesitating.

Enforced hate,
Instead of love's coy touch, shall rudely tear thee.
Shak.

Syn. -- Shy; shriking; reserved; modest; bashful; backward; distant.

Coy transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Coyed (koid); present participle & verbal noun Coying .]
1. To allure; to entice; to decoy. [ Obsolete]

A wiser generation, who have the art to coy the fonder sort into their nets.
Bp. Rainbow.

2. To caress with the hand; to stroke.

Come sit thee down upon this flowery bed,
While I thy amiable cheeks do coy .
Shak.

Coy intransitive verb
1. To behave with reserve or coyness; to shrink from approach or familiarity. [ Obsolete]

Thus to coy it,
With one who knows you too!
Rowe.

2. To make difficulty; to be unwilling. [ Obsolete]

If he coyed
To hear Cominius speak, I 'll keep at home.
Shak.

Coyish adjective Somewhat coy or reserved. Warner.

Coyly adverb In a coy manner; with reserve.

Coyness noun The quality of being coy; feigned or bashful unwillingness to become familiar; reserve.

When the kind nymph would coyness feign,
And hides but to be found again.
Dryden.

Syn. -- Reserve; shrinking; shyness; backwardness; modesty; bashfulness.

Coyote noun [ Spanish Amer., from Mexican coyotl .] (Zoology) A carnivorous animal ( Canis latrans ), allied to the dog, found in the western part of North America; -- called also prairie wolf . Its voice is a snapping bark, followed by a prolonged, shrill howl.

Coyote State South Dakota; -- a nickname.

Coyotillo noun [ Mex. Spanish dim. See Coyote .] A low rhamnaceous shrub ( Karwinskia humboldtiana ) of the southwestern United States and Mexico. Its berries are said to be poisonous to the coyote.

Coypu noun [ Native name.] (Zoology) A South American rodent ( Myopotamus coypus ), allied to the beaver. It produces a valuable fur called nutria. [ Written also coypou .]

Coystrel (kois"trĕl) noun Same as Coistril .

Coz (kŭz) noun A contraction of cousin . Shak.

Cozen transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Cozened (-'nd); present participle & verbal noun Cozening (-'n-?ng). ] [ From cousin , hence, literally, to deceive through pretext of relationship, French cousiner .] To cheat; to defraud; to beguile; to deceive, usually by small arts, or in a pitiful way.

He had cozened the world by fine phrases.
Macaulay.

Children may be cozened into a knowledge of the letters.
Locke.

Goring loved no man so well but that he would cozen him,
and expose him to public mirth for having been cozened.
Clarendon.

Cozen intransitive verb To deceive; to cheat; to act deceitfully.

Some cogging, cozening slave.
Shak.

Cozenage (-aj) noun [ See Cozen , and confer Cousinage .] The art or practice of cozening; artifice; fraud. Shak.

Cozener noun One who cheats or defrauds.

Cozier noun See Cosier .

Cozily adverb Snugly; comfortably.

Coziness noun The state or quality of being cozy.

Cozy adjective [ Compar. Cozier (-z?-?r); superl. Coziest .] [ Confer Scot. cosie , cozie , probably from Gael. cosach abounding in hollows, or cosagach full of holes or crevices, snug, sheltered, from cos a hollow, a crevice.]


1. Snug; comfortable; easy; contented. [ Written also cosey and cosy .]

2. [ Confer French causer to chat, talk.] Chatty; talkative; sociable; familiar. [ Eng.]

Cozy noun [ See Cozy , adjective ] A wadded covering for a teakettle or other vessel to keep the contents hot.