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cockleshell

[kok-uh l-shel] /ˈkɒk əlˌʃɛl/
noun
1.
a shell of the cockle.
2.
a shell of some other mollusk, as the scallop.
3.
Nautical. any light or frail vessel.
Origin of cockleshell
late Middle English
1375-1425
First recorded in 1375-1425, cockleshell is from the late Middle English word cokille shell. See cockle1, shell
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  • But you don't tell me you have come over from Saaron in that cockleshell of yours?

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • For two days the sea had been running high and we were tossed about like a cockleshell.

    Australia in Arms Phillip F.E. Schuler
  • Now, one rush and they are gone back to their own cockleshell.

    Roger the Bold F. S. Brereton
  • That red capsicum is the foot of the animal contained in the cockleshell.

    Glaucus Charles Kingsley
  • If his own cockleshell went down there could be no succour for her.

    The Moon Rock

    Arthur J. Rees
  • The wind rose to a regular gale and the wagon rocked like a cockleshell on a choppy sea.

    Girl Scouts in the Rockies Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • And in the morning there was a cockleshell of a boat oared in by one of the men who had found it downriver.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • Carter stood up in the stern sheets balancing himself cleverly to the disordered motion of his cockleshell.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • But that cockleshell he stamped his shillings with—follow me—it was an escallop, and a mint-mark for that very year of Elizabeth.

    Back o' the Moon Oliver Onions
  • For sea-going vessels it was nothing, but for these cockleshell river boats it was anything but fun.

    Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne
British Dictionary definitions for cockleshell

cockleshell

/ˈkɒkəlˌʃɛl/
noun
1.
the shell of the cockle
2.
any of the valves of the shells of certain other bivalve molluscs, such as the scallop
3.
any small light boat
4.
a badge worn by pilgrims
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