Cockle-shell

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Cockle-shell the shell of a cockle: a frail boat
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. coquille—Gr. kongchylionkongchē, a cockle.

Usage

In literature:

What a painted little cockle-shell of a boat, with its two masts!
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, May 1844" by Various
While he that through the sea doth swim, Must bring a cockle-shell with him.
"More Tales in the Land of Nursery Rhyme" by Ada M. Marzials
I simply stepped into a cockle-shell and put out into an unknown ocean, where all manner of derelicts needed help and succor.
"The Girl and the Kingdom" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
If we were in the brig we need not have been afraid of her, but in this little cockle-shell we cannot do much to help ourselves.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
The boats they used in Mizora for that purpose were mere cockle shells.
"Mizora: A Prophecy" by Mary E. Bradley
They loved to bind his forehead with the cockle shells that decked their own tresses.
"Honey-Bee" by Anatole France
They were only blue mussels, and a sort the farm people called "razors," and "whelks," and common "cockle-shells.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
A Greek looked at a cockle-shell or a cuttlefish as carefully as he looked at an Olympic conqueror.
"On the Old Road Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Ruskin
I could likewise let any one have a bargain of cockle-shells.
"Heads and Tales" by Various
Adrift in a cockle-shell of an open boat more than six hundred miles from land!
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
Also, the shell called horse-cockle.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
In the middle was a small round pond containing gold-fish and surrounded by a cockle-shell border.
"The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame
Have prepared a quart of cockles, with the shelled meat of two or three crabs.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
He himself had drawn but a cockle-shell of water from the ocean of knowledge.
"A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718" by Wallace Notestein
How long do you suppose this cockle-shell could buffet such a sea as is playing outside?
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 81, July, 1864" by Various
The cockle-shell dashed madly towards the shore.
"A Republic Without a President and Other Stories" by Herbert Ward
When one attempted to pass the other, over went the little cockle-shell and both were struggling in the water.
"Blazing The Way" by Emily Inez Denny
Barby's gift to me was a darling rowboat, light and graceful as a cockle-shell.
"Georgina's Service Stars" by Annie Fellows Johnston
It is not always on rocks and rapids that the cockle shell of human happiness meets with the direst shipwreck.
"The Mercy of the Lord" by Flora Annie Steel
Come aboard here, lively now, if you don't want that cockle-shell blown out of water.
"The Rival Campers Afloat" by Ruel Perley Smith
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In poetry:

"Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
Silver bells and cockle shells
And fair maids all in a row."
"The Pleasaunce Of Maid Marian" by Oscar Fay Adams
She bent this way and that as she wallowed in fat
Poor darling, she was in a plight
Every time the girl dipped all her cockle shells slipped
And we thought that the end was in sight.
"The Sailor" by Billy Bennett
There you are, alone again in a cockle-shell boat,
Fighting on a sea-bed with great clouds from the sky
And rocked by the sea, wild beast, as if by a wet-nurse,
Smothered in song by its iron paps.
"The Sea-Beast" by Tudor Arghezi
The work they've done to give me this
Brief bit of comfort, ease and bliss;
My pathway edged with cockle shells,
And bright with Canterbury bells,
That leads to where my humble thatch is,
It, too, adorned with straw-bright patches.
"Patches" by Robert W Service