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cockleshell

[ kok-uhl-shel ]

noun

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


cockleshell

/ ˈkɒkəlˌʃɛl /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of cockleshell1

First recorded in 1375–1425, cockleshell is from late Middle English cokille shell. See cockle 1, shell

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Example Sentences

A few minutes later, the little craft—oh, what a frail cockleshell she looked in the midst of that mountainous sea!

A similar fate surely awaited the light cockleshell which bore the beloved life.

The act of taking so long a passage in this cockleshell of a vessel is a sure testimony of his devotion and bravery.

In their cockleshell of a boat, they know that to run before the wind is their safest plan, and so they speed on south-eastward.

Now, one rush and they are gone back to their own cockleshell.

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