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.

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

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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

Definition for cockles (2 of 2)

cockle

2
[ kok-uh l ]
/ ˈkɒk əl /

noun

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

Origin of cockle

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before 1000; Middle English; Old English coccel
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British Dictionary definitions for cockles (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for cockles (2 of 2)

cockle

2
/ (ˈkɒkəl) /

noun

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