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[kop-ee-reed-oh-keel; French kaw-kee-yuh] /ˈkɒp iˌrid oʊˈkil; French kɔˈki yə/
noun, plural coquilles
[koh-keelz; French kaw-kee-yuh] /koʊˈkilz; French kɔˌki yə/ (Show IPA)
any of various seafood or chicken dishes baked with a sauce and usually served in a scallop shell or a shell-shaped serving dish.
the cooking utensil for baking such dishes, usually a scallop shell or small casserole resembling a shell.
a cooking utensil, filled with charcoal, for roasting meat on a spit.
the shell of an escargot.
Origin of coquille
< French: shell (of a mollusk, nut, etc.). See cockle1 Unabridged
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  • It was only with great difficulty that the Seniavine entered coquille harbour.

  • On the 9th of the same month the coquille anchored at Payta.

  • The coquille returned it from her stern-chasers, but the shot fell harmlessly into the water.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • “I will not disguise my belief from you that she is the coquille,” answered the lieutenant.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • For a distance of seventy-five miles inland the coquille Valley is capable of extensive agricultural development.

    Two Years in Oregon Wallis Nash
  • The cattle were soon landed and eating their fill on the rich tract of littoral between Utwé and coquille.

    A Modern Buccaneer Rolf Boldrewood
  • The two vessels stood on; the Ouzel Galley was rapidly approaching the land, while the coquille was getting further from it.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • At length a look of content overspread his face as the Captain said he would not touch the cocoa-nuts in coquille harbour.

    A Modern Buccaneer Rolf Boldrewood
  • He had just returned from his visit to the Champion; he was full of what he had heard of her engagement with the coquille.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • In another minute two well-armed boats were lowered from the stranger, and soon came alongside the “coquille.”

    John Deane of Nottingham W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for coquille


/French kɔkij/
any dish, esp seafood, served in a scallop shell: Coquilles St Jacques
a scallop shell, or dish resembling a shell
(fencing) a bell-shaped hand guard on a foil
Word Origin
French, literally: shell, from Latin conchӯlium mussel; see cockle1
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