cockleshell

[ kok-uhl-shel ]
/ ˈkɒk əlˌʃɛl /

noun

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 late Middle English cokille shell. See cockle1, shell
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British Dictionary definitions for cockleshell

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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