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/ ˈkɒk əl /
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any bivalve mollusk of the genus Cardium, having somewhat heart-shaped, radially ribbed valves, especially C. edule, the common edible species of Europe.
any of various allied or similar mollusks.
verb (used without object), cock·led, cock·ling.
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 cockle1
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)
[ kok-uhl ]
/ ˈkɒk əl /
a weed, as the darnel Lolium temulentum, or rye grass, L. perenne.
Origin of cockle2
First recordedbefore 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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How to use cockle in a sentence
For doing so, I was likened in comments to Josef Mengele, a comparison that warmed the cockles of my gay, half-Jewish heart.Predator Doctors Take Advantage of Patients With ‘Chronic Lyme’ Scam|Russell Saunders|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In other places at low water they seek for cockles, mussels, and periwinkles.
It will warm the cockles of your heart; come over to my house and Ill mix you the best drink in New York.The Fifth String |John Philip Sousa
On reaching Leigh the cockles are thrown out in great heaps by the side of the creek, where they are covered at each tide.
It was a broad-beamed craft, of over twenty feet long, and would carry more than a ton of cockles if filled up.
Flashes of wit glanced here and there, and how they came home and warmed the cockles of the heart.Orley Farm|Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for cockle (1 of 2)
/ (ˈkɒkəl) /
any sand-burrowing bivalve mollusc of the family Cardiidae, esp Cardium edule (edible cockle) of Europe, typically having a rounded shell with radiating ribs
any of certain similar or related molluscs
short for cockleshell (def. 1)
a wrinkle or puckering, as in cloth or paper
a small furnace or stove
cockles of one's heart one's deepest feelings (esp in the phrase warm the cockles of one's heart)
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)
/ (ˈkɒkəl) /
any of several plants, esp the corn cockle, that grow as weeds in cornfields
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