[kop-ee-reed-oh-keel; French kaw-kee-yuh]

noun, plural co·quilles [koh-keelz; French kaw-kee-yuh] /koʊˈkilz; French kɔˌki yə/.

any of various seafood or chicken dishes baked with a sauce and usually served in a scallop shell or a shell-shaped serving dish.
the cooking utensil for baking such dishes, usually a scallop shell or small casserole resembling a shell.
a cooking utensil, filled with charcoal, for roasting meat on a spit.
the shell of an escargot.

Origin of coquille

< French: shell (of a mollusk, nut, etc.). See cockle1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coquille

Historical Examples of coquille

  • It was only with great difficulty that the Seniavine entered Coquille harbour.

  • On the 9th of the same month the Coquille anchored at Payta.

  • “I will not disguise my belief from you that she is the Coquille,” answered the lieutenant.

    The Missing Ship

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • The cattle were soon landed and eating their fill on the rich tract of littoral between Utwé and Coquille.

    A Modern Buccaneer

    Rolf Boldrewood

  • At length a look of content overspread his face as the Captain said he would not touch the cocoa-nuts in Coquille harbour.

    A Modern Buccaneer

    Rolf Boldrewood

British Dictionary definitions for coquille



any dish, esp seafood, served in a scallop shellCoquilles St Jacques
a scallop shell, or dish resembling a shell
fencing a bell-shaped hand guard on a foil

Word Origin for coquille

French, literally: shell, from Latin conchӯlium mussel; see cockle 1
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