Definition of “cauliflower ear” - English Dictionary

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“cauliflower ear” in British English

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cauliflower earnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌkɒl.ɪ.flaʊ.ər ˈɪər/ us /ˌkɑː.lɪ.flaʊ.ɚ ˈɪr/

Examples from literature

  • In and out among these circulated several able-bodied waiters with soiled shirt-bosoms, iron jaws and, not infrequently, cauliflower ears. 
  • Trade you a cauliflower ear for a pair of black eyes, Mr. Elliot, he laughed as he shook hands with the man whose name he had just learned from the purser. 

(Definition of “cauliflower ear” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)