[ kok-uh l-shel ]
/ ˈkɒk əlˌʃɛl /


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


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Origin of cockleshell

First recorded in 1375–1425, cockleshell is from the late Middle English word cokille shell. See cockle1, shell Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for cockleshell

/ (ˈkɒkəlˌʃɛl) /


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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