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costard a head, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, iii. 1. 13; LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, iii. 1. 65, 100, 106 (with a quibble on the proper name Costard); RICHARD III., i. 4. 151 ; KING LEAR, iv. 6. 243. (According to Gifford, costard means properly a large kind of apple; see his note on Jonson's Works, vol. iv. p. 121.)

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