- a shell of the cockle.
- a shell of some other mollusk, as the scallop.
- Nautical. any light or frail vessel.
Origin of cockleshell
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Examples from the Web for cockleshell
But you don't tell me you have come over from Saaron in that cockleshell of yours?Major Vigoureux
A. T. Quiller-Couch
For two days the sea had been running high and we were tossed about like a cockleshell.Australia in Arms
Phillip F.E. Schuler
Now, one rush and they are gone back to their own cockleshell.Roger the Bold
F. S. Brereton
That red capsicum is the foot of the animal contained in the cockleshell.Glaucus
If his own cockleshell went down there could be no succour for her.The Moon Rock
Arthur J. Rees
- 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