(noun) common edible, burrowing European bivalve mollusk that has a strong, rounded shell with radiating ribs


(noun) common edible European bivalve

pucker, rumple, cockle, crumple, knit

(verb) to gather something into small wrinkles or folds; “She puckered her lips”

ripple, ruffle, riffle, cockle, undulate

(verb) stir up (water) so as to form ripples

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


cockle (plural cockles)

Any of various edible European bivalve mollusks, of the family Cardiidae, having heart-shaped shells.

The shell of such a mollusk.

(in the plural) One’s innermost feelings (only in the expression “the cockles of one’s heart”).

(directly from French coquille) A wrinkle, pucker

(by extension) A defect in sheepskin; firm dark nodules caused by the bites of keds on live sheep

(mining, UK, Cornwall) The mineral black tourmaline or schorl.

(UK) The fire chamber of a furnace.

(UK) A kiln for drying hops; an oast.

(UK) The dome of a heating furnace.


cockle (third-person singular simple present cockles, present participle cockling, simple past and past participle cockled)

To cause to contract into wrinkles or ridges, as some kinds of cloth after a wetting; to pucker.

Etymology 2


cockle (plural cockles)

Any of several field weeds, such as the common corncockle (Agrostemma githago) and darnel ryegrass (Lolium temulentum).


• (Lolium temulentum): darnel, false wheat


• Elcock, clocke

Source: Wiktionary

Coc"kle, n. Etym: [OE. cockes cockles, AS. s sea cockles, prob, from Celtic; cf. W. cocs cockles, Gael. cochull husk. Perh. influenced by EF. coquille shell, a dim. from the root of E. conch. Cf. Coach.]

1. (Zoöl.)

Definition: A bivalve mollusk, with radiating ribs, of the genus Cardium, especially C. edule, used in Europe for food; -- sometimes applied to similar shells of other genera.

2. A cockleshell.

3. The mineral black tourmaline or schorl; -- so called by the Cornish miners. Raymond.

4. The fire chamber of a furnace. [Eng.] Knight.

5. A hop-drying kiln; an oast. Knight.

6. The dome of a heating furnace. Knight. Cockle hat, a hat ornamented with a cockleshell, the badge of a pilgrim. Shak.

– Cockle stairs, winding or spiral stairs.

Coc"kle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cockled; p. pr. & vb. n. Cockling.] Etym: [Of uncertian origin.]

Definition: To cause to contract into wrinkles or ridges, as some kinds of cloth after a wetting. Cockling sea, waves dashing against each other with a short and quick motion. Ham. Nav. Encyc.

Coc"kle, n. Etym: [AS. coccel, cocel; cf. Gael. cogall tares, husks, cockle.] (Bot.) (a) A plant or weed that grows among grain; the corn rose (Luchnis Githage). (b) The Lotium, or darnel.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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