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crest sb. (fig. uses of 1 and 4 coincide; the allusion in John V. iv. 34 is doubtful; LLL. IV. iii. 256 “beauty's crest” =brightness)
1. comb, tuft of feathers, or the like on an animal's head, only fig. 1H4 I. i. 99 “bristle up The of youth,” Troil. I. iii. 380 “make him fall His ,” Cor. IV. v. 226.
2. device placed on a wreath, coronet, &c., and borne above the shield and helmet in a coat of arms, often fig. Wiv. V. v. 69 “Each . . . coat, and several ,” MND. III. ii. 214 “like coats in heraldry . . . crowned with one ,” AYL. IV. ii. 64, Shr. II. i. 224, John IV. iii. 46, 2H6 V. i. 202 “old Nevil's , The rampant bear.”
3. helmet (orig. plume of feathers, &c., on a helmet, or the conical top of it) John II. i. 317, Mac. V. vii. 40 [viii. 11], Ven. 104.
4. ridge of the neck of a horse or dog Cæs. IV. ii. 26, Ven. 272 “his braided hanging mane Upon his compass'd crest.”
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