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 Coats, Hosen, and Hats (Dan. iii, 21).Cobalt. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Cob (A).
Between a pony and a horse in size, from thirteen to nearly fifteen hands high. The word means big, stout. The original meaning is a tuft or head, hence eminent, large, powerful. The “cob of the county” is the great boss thereof. A rich cob is a plutocrat. Hence also a male, as a cob-swan.   1
   Riding horses run between fifteen and sixteen hands in height, and carriage horses, between sixteen and seventeen hands.   2

 Coats, Hosen, and Hats (Dan. iii, 21).Cobalt. 


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