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cockle

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[ kok-uhl ]
/ ˈkɒk əl /
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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.
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Idioms about cockle

    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

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First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English cokel, cokil(le), from Old French coquille, “shell, shell of a mollusk, mollusk,” from Vulgar Latin cocchīlia (unattested), from Latin conchylia, plural of conchȳlium, from Greek konchȳ́lion, equivalent to konchȳ́l(ē) “mussel, cockle” + -ion diminutive suffix; compare Old English -cocc in sǣ-cocc literally, “sea-cockle” from Vulgar Latin coccus (unattested) for Latin concha conch

Other definitions for cockle (2 of 2)

cockle2
[ kok-uhl ]
/ ˈkɒk əl /

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

Origin of cockle

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First recorded before 1000; Middle English cok(k)el, Old English coccel; further origin uncertain; perhaps from Late Latin cocculus (unattested), diminutive of coccus “berry, seed” (see coccus)
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British Dictionary definitions for cockle (1 of 2)

cockle1
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for cockle (2 of 2)

cockle2
/ (ˈkɒkəl) /

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