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  • coffee makers

    Any of various utensils in which coffee is infused, brewed, percolated, or boiled.

  • coffee spoon

    Small spoons, similar in size to chocolate spoons, used to stir coffee served in demitasses; often ornamental and sold in sets.

  • coffee-pot

    Covered spouted vessel for preparing and serving coffee. The term is often reserved for a decorative vessel made of ceramic, silver, or another material and used to transport and serve the coffee at table after it has been prepared in another vessel. Coffee pots typically have a handle and sometimes small feet.

  • coffin

    Box or chest for a corpse to be buried in.

  • cog (watercraft)

    Bottom-based merchant ship of the 13th to the 15th century, clinker-built with rounded bow and stern, fore and after castles, and very broad in the beam; occasionaly used as warships.

  • cognitive behavioural therapy

    Type of therapy using analysis of behaviour and thought patterns. The patient is encouraged to analyse his or her specific ways of thinking around a problem. The therapist then looks at the resulting behaviour and the consequences of that thinking and tries to encourage the patient to change his or her cognition in order to avoid adverse behaviour or its consequences.

  • coin beamscale

    Money scales employing a beamscale and coin weight, usually in a separate case, for checking the value of gold and silver coins.

  • coins

    Pieces of metal stamped by government authority for use as money.

  • coitus interruptus

    A method of contraception in which the penis is withdrawn from the vagina prior to ejaculation. Also known as the withdrawal method.

  • cold chisel

    Common form of chisel with a cutting edge of 60 degrees formed of tempered steel; used for cutting metal which has not been softened by heating.

  • colic

    Severe abdominal pain caused by obstruction of the intestine or by constipation.

  • collotype (image)

    Photomechanical prints produced by the process called collotype.

  • cologne

    Scented water, similar to perfume.

  • colorimeter

    Instrument for the analysis, synthesis, matching, and measurement of colour; it compares a given colour to a standard colour from a scale of colours, combinations of primary colours.

  • colour blindness test

    A test to find whether a person is colour blind. The most commonly used test in the world is the Ishihara test invented in 1917, where numbers are concealed within a circle of different colours.

  • colour print

    Photographic prints having images composed of gray tones, black, and white; may include one hue as a result of process, toning, discoloration, or the use of a colored support.

  • colour transparency

    Transparencies having images composed of more than one hue, plus the neutral tones. For transparencies having a range of tones within one hue, see "black-and-white transparencies."

  • comb - grooming tool

    Tool with a row of teeth on one or both edges or sides that are used for adjusting, distangling, or cleaning the hair.

  • combs (grooming tools)

    Tools with a row of teeth on one or both edges or sides that are used for adjusting, distangling, or cleaning the hair.

  • comedy

    a play, film, etc., of an amusing or satirical character, usually with a happy ending. The traditional theatrical genre can be simply described as a dramatic performance which pits two societies against each other in an amusing agon or conflict. However, in modern times the term has adopted a popular connotation associated with a variety of different media that proports to make others amused.

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