Dictionary: CO'A-TI – COB'LOAF

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CO'A-TI, n.

An animal of South America, resembling the raccoon, but with a longer body and neck, shorter fur, and smaller eyes; the Viverra nasua of Linnæus.


  1. A covering, or the act of covering; lorication; any substance spread over for cover or defense; as, the coating of a retort or of a vial.
  2. Cloth for coats; as, merchants advertise an assortment of coatings.

COAT'ING, ppr.

Covering with a coat; overspreading.

COAX, v.t. [W. cocru, to fondle, to cocker; cocyr, a coaxing, indulgence; Sp. cocar, to make wry faces, to coax.]

To wheedle; to flatter; to soothe, appease or persuade by flattery and fondling. [A low word.] – L'Estrange.

COAX'ED, pp.

Soothed or persuaded by flattery.


A wheedler; a flatterer.

COAX'ING, ppr.

Wheedling; flattering.


By coaxing.

COB, n. [W. cob or cop, a top or tuft, a thump; Gr. κυβη; G. kopf, the head; D. kop; Sax. cop.]

  1. The top or head; a covetous wretch; a foreign coin. Bailey. [In these senses not used in America.]
  2. In America, the receptacle of the maiz, or American corn; a shoot in form of a pin or spike, on which grows the corn in rows. This receptacle, with the corn, is called the ear.
  3. A sea-fowl, the sea-cob. [It. gabbiano, a cob, sea-mew, or gull.]
  4. A ball or pellet for feeding fowls. – Bailey.
  5. In some parts of England, a spider. Old Dutch, kop, or koppe, a spider, retained in koppespin, spinnekop, a spider.
  6. A horse not castrated; a strong pony.
  7. Clay mixed with straw.

COB, v.t.

In seamen's language, to punish by striking the breech with a flat piece of wood, or with a board. – Mar. Dict.

CO'BALT, n. [D. cobalt. This is said to be the G. kobold, a goblin, the demon of the mines; so called by miners, because cobalt was troublesome to miners, and at first its value was not known.]

A mineral of a reddish gray or grayish white color, very brittle, of a fine close grain, compact, but easily reducible to powder. It crystalizes in bundles of needles, arranged one over another. It is never found in a pure state; but usually as an oxyd, or combined with arsenic or its acid, with sulphur, iron, &c. Its ores are arranged under the following species, viz. arsenical cobalt, of a white color, passing to steel gray; its texture is granular, and when heated, it exhales the odor of garlic; gray cobalt, a compound of cobalt, arsenic, iron, and sulphur, of a white color, with a tinge of red; its structure is foliated, and its crystals have a cube for their primitive form; sulphuret of cobalt, compact and massive in its structure; oxyd of cobalt, brown, or brownish black, generally friable and earthy; sulphate and arseniate of cobalt, both of a red color, the former soluble in water. The impure oxyd of cobalt is called zaffer; but when fused with three parts of silicious sand and an alkaline flux, it is converted into a blue glass, called smalt. The great use of cobalt is to give a permanent blue color to glass and enamels upon metals, porcelain, and earthen wares. – Fourcroy. Encyc. Cleaveland. Cobalt-bloom, acicular arseniate of cobalt. Cobalt-crust, earthy arseniate of cobalt.


Pertaining to cobalt, or consisting of it; resembling cobalt, or containing it.

COB'BLE, or COB'BLE-STONE, n. [Eng. copple. This seems to be of Welch origin, W. cub, a mass, a cube, or cob, cop, head, top.]

A roundish stone; a pebble; supposed to be a fragment, rounded by the attrition of water. We give this name to stones of various sizes, from that of a hen's egg or smaller, to that of large paving stones. These stones are called by the English copple-stones, and bowlder-stones, or bowlders. The latter name is among us known only in books.

COB'BLE, v.t. [In Persic, كوبال kobal, is a shoemaker.]

  1. To make or mend coarsely, as shoes; to botch. – Shak.
  2. To make or do clumsily or unhandily; as to cobble rhymes. – Dryden.


  1. A mender of shoes. – Addison.
  2. A clumsy workman. – Shak.
  3. A mean person. – Dryden.


Mending coarsely.

COB'BY, a.

Stout; brisk. [Not in use.] – Chaucer.


A sandal worn by ladies in the East.


Large round coals.

CO-BEL-LIG'ER-ENT, a. [See Belligerent.]

Carrying on war in conjunction with another power.


A nation or state that carries on war in connection with another.

COB'I-RON, n. [See Cob.]

An andiron with a knob at the top. – Bacon.


A joint or coadjutant bishop. – Ayliffe.

CO'BLE, n. [Sax. cuople.]

A boat used in the herring fishery.


A loaf that is irregular, uneven, or crusty. Qu. Is it not a round loaf?