conk

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conk ‎(plural conks)

Bracket fungus on a fallen tree trunk
  1. The shelf- or bracket-shaped fruiting body of a bracket fungus (also called a shelf fungus), i.e. a mushroom growing off a tree trunk.
  2. (slang) A nose, especially a large one.
  3. Alternative spelling of conch
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conk ‎(third-person singular simple present conks, present participle conking, simple past and past participle conked)

  1. (slang) To hit, especially on the head.
    • 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, “chapter XVII”, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855:
      She came skipping to me just now, clapping her little hands and bleating about how very, very happy she was, dear Mrs Travers. The silly young geezer. I nearly conked her one with my trowel. I'd always thought her half-baked, but now I think they didn't even put her in the oven.
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From congolene, the brand name of a hair-straightening product.

Singer Nat King Cole in 1956 with his hair conked
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conk ‎(plural conks)

  1. (US, dated) A hairstyle involving the chemical straightening and styling of kinky hair.

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conk ‎(third-person singular simple present conks, present participle conking, simple past and past participle conked)

  1. (US, dated) To chemically straighten tightly curled hair.
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