[ kok-uh l ]
/ ˈkɒk əl /
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.
a wrinkle; pucker: a cockle in fabric.
a small, crisp candy of sugar and flour, bearing a motto.
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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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
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
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British Dictionary definitions for cockles of one's heart (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 cockles of one's heart (2 of 2)
/ (ˈkɒkəl) /
any of several plants, esp the corn cockle, that grow as weeds in cornfields
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Idioms and Phrases with cockles of one's heart
cockles of one's heart
see warm the cockles of one's heart.
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