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coquina

[koh-kee-nuh]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. any similar clam, especially of the genus Donax.
  3. a soft, whitish rock made up of fragments of marine shells and coral, used as a building material.
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Origin of coquina

1830–40, Americanism; < Spanish: literally, shellfish, equivalent to Old Spanish coc(a) shellfish (< Latin concha; see conch) + -ina -ine1
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

    Police!!!

    Robert W. Chambers

  • He laughed, too: "You'll pay 'em if you take my map an' go to the Coquina hills," he said.

    Police!!!

    Robert W. Chambers

  • The walls are built of coquina of no modern thickness, but as if designed to resist a siege.


British Dictionary definitions for coquina

coquina

noun
  1. a soft limestone consisting of shells, corals, etc, that occurs in parts of the US
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Word Origin

C19: from Spanish: shellfish, probably from concha shell, conch
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coquina in Science

coquina

[kō-kēnə]
  1. 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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