cockleshell

[ kok-uh l-shel ]
/ ˈkɒk əlˌʃɛl /
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noun

a shell of the cockle.
a shell of some other mollusk, as the scallop.
Nautical. any light or frail vessel.

Origin of cockleshell

First recorded in 1375–1425, cockleshell is from the late Middle English word cokille shell. See cockle1, shell
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cockleshell

/ (ˈkɒkəlˌʃɛl) /

noun

the shell of the cockle
any of the valves of the shells of certain other bivalve molluscs, such as the scallop
any small light boat
a badge worn by pilgrims

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