cockle

1
[ kok-uh l ]
/ ˈkɒk əl /

noun

verb (used without object), cock·led, cock·ling.

to contract into wrinkles; pucker: This paper cockles easily.
to rise in short, irregular waves; ripple: The waves cockled along the shore.

verb (used with object), cock·led, cock·ling.

to cause to wrinkle, pucker, or ripple: The wind cockled the water.

Nearby words

  1. cockfighting,
  2. cockhorse,
  3. cockieleekie,
  4. cockiness,
  5. cockish,
  6. cockleboat,
  7. cocklebur,
  8. cockleert,
  9. cockler,
  10. cockles of one's heart

Idioms

    cockles of one's heart, the depths of one's emotions or feelings: The happy family scene warmed the cockles of his heart.

Origin of cockle

1
1350–1400; Middle English cokille < Middle French coqille < Vulgar Latin *cocchīlia, Latin conchylia, plural of conchȳlium < Greek konchȳ́lion, equivalent to konchȳ́l(ē) mussel + -ion diminutive suffix; compare Old English -cocc, in sǣ-cocc literally, sea-cockle < Vulgar Latin *coccus for Latin concha conch

cockle

2
[ kok-uh l ]
/ ˈkɒk əl /

noun

a weed, as the darnel Lolium temulentum, or rye grass, L. perenne.

Origin of cockle

2
before 1000; Middle English; Old English coccel

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cockle

1
/ (ˈkɒkəl) /

noun

verb

to contract or cause to contract into wrinkles

Word Origin for cockle

C14: from Old French coquille shell, from Latin conchӯlium shellfish, from Greek konkhulion, diminutive of konkhule mussel; see conch

noun

any of several plants, esp the corn cockle, that grow as weeds in cornfields
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