[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 coquilles

Historical Examples of coquilles

  • Then Clementine returned to the consideration of the lace in coquilles for her new evening dress.

    Winter Evening Tales

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

British Dictionary definitions for coquilles



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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