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[kos-terd, kaw-sterd] /ˈkɒs tərd, ˈkɔ stərd/

a large English variety of apple.
Archaic. the head.
an English variety of apple tree
the large ribbed apple of this tree
(archaic, jocular) a slang word for head

late 13c., coster, perhaps from Anglo-French or Old French coste “rib” (from Latin costa “a rib;” see coast (n.)). A kind of large apple with prominent “ribs,” i.e. one having a shape more like a green pepper than a plain, round apple. Also applied derisively to “the head.” Common 14c.-17c. but limited to fruit-growers afterward.


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