Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
COCKS, n.pl.1 [kɔks]
1. Plantago lanceolata, the species of plantain gen. called Carl-doddie in Sc.Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.:
Children amuse themselves in summer with knocking off the heads of each other's cocks. This is called “fighting cocks.”
2. Luzula campestris, the wood rush.Ant. 1886 B. and H. 113:
In the last named locality [Belfast] Luzula campestris is known as “a kind of cocks,” no doubt from the superficial resemblanee of its black heads to those of P[lantago] lanceolata.
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