- Also called pompano, butterfly-shell clam. a small clam, Donax variabilis, abundant in the intertidal zone of eastern and southern U.S. coastal beaches, having fanlike bands of various hues, the paired empty shells often spread in a butterfly shape.
- any similar clam, especially of the genus Donax.
- a soft, whitish rock made up of fragments of marine shells and coral, used as a building material.
Origin of coquina
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There was no second block of coquina; Walter remained standing.Horace Chase
Constance Fenimore Woolson
Presently he walked to the edge of the coquina quarry and looked down into it.Quick Action
Robert W. Chambers
I was down to the Coquina country, a-doin'—well, I was doin' rubes.
He laughed, too: "You'll pay 'em if you take my map an' go to the Coquina hills," he said.
The walls are built of coquina of no modern thickness, but as if designed to resist a siege.Petals Plucked from Sunny Climes
- a soft limestone consisting of shells, corals, etc, that occurs in parts of the US
C19: from Spanish: shellfish, probably from concha shell, conch
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- A soft porous limestone, composed of shells and fragments of shell and coral that are partially cemented by material that is high in calcium carbonate and has not completely hardened.
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