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corn cockle

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noun
  1. a plant, Agrostemma githago, of the pink family, having magenta-purple flowers and occurring commonly as a weed among crops of grain.

Origin of corn cockle

First recorded in 1705–15
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Historical Examples

  • In the sandstones of Corncockle Moor reptilian footprints have been obtained.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 8

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  • Here you may walk many miles and even wait several harvests to see a corncockle.


British Dictionary definitions for corncockle

corncockle

noun
  1. a European caryophyllaceous plant, Agrostemma githago, that has reddish-purple flowers and grows in cornfields and by roadsides
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