Cobalt to Cock Lane Ghost
Cobalt From the German Kobold (a gnome). The demon of mines. This metal was so called by miners, because it was long thought to be useless and troublesome. It was consequently attributed to the ill offices of the mine demon.
This wonderful invention, sir, ... is called cobbler,- Sherry cobbler, when you name it long; cobbler when you name it short.- Dickens: Marten Chuzzlewit, xvii.
Cobbler Let not the cobbler overstep his last (Ne sutor ultra crepidam). Let no one presume to interfere in matters of which he is ignorant. The tale goes that a cobbler detected a fault in the shoe-latchet of one of Apelles' paintings, and the artist rectified the fault. The cobbler, thinking himself very wise, next ventured to criticise the legs; but Apelles answered, Keep to your trade- you understand about shoes, but not about anatomy.
Cobbler Poet (The). Hans Sachs of Nuremberg, prince of the mastersingers of Germany (1494-1574).
Cobbler's Punch Gin and water, with a little treacle and vinegar.
Cobbler's Toast School-boys' bread and butter, toasted on the dry side and eaten hot.
Cobham referred to by Thomson in his Autumn, was Sir Richard Temple, created Lord Cobham in 1714.
Cob-nut A nut with a tuft. (Welsh, cob or cop, a tuft; German, kopf, the head.)
Coburgs A corded or ribbed cotton cloth made in Coburg (Saxony), or in imitation thereof. Chiefly used for ladies' dresses.
Cobweb Cob, Teutonic for spider. Dutch, spinnckop; Saxon, attercop (poisonous spider); Chaldee, kopi (spider's web).
Cock Mahomet found in the first heaven a cock of such enormous size that its crest touched the second
heaven. The crowing of this celestial bird arouses every living creature from sleep except man. The
Moslem doctors say that Allah lends a willing ear to him who reads the Koran, to him who prays for
pardon, and to the cock whose chant is divine melody. When this cock ceases to crow, the day of judgment
will be at hand.
Cock and Bottle A public-house sign, meaning draught and bottled ale may be had on the premises. The cock here means the tap. It does not mean The Cork and Bottle.
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