Sea cock

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sea cock (Zoöl) A gurnard, as the European red gurnard (Trigla pini).
    • Sea cock In a steamship, a cock or valve close to the vessel's side, for closing a pipe which communicates with the sea.
    • Sea cock (Zoöl) The black-bellied plover.
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Usage

In literature:

Immediately they cocked up their tails, disappeared from sight, and fled into the blue sea.
"The Red Fairy Book" by Various
Sea, wind, leaves, thunder, waters, cows lowing, the cattlemarket, cocks, hens don't crow, snakes hissss.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Hard by, below the cliff, and close to the sea, was a tavern, at the sign of the Cock.
"A Thorny Path [Per Aspera], Complete" by Georg Ebers
Finding no one, he went into the engine-room and opened the sea-cock.
"Kindred of the Dust" by Peter B. Kyne
I was some Iodine, made of sea-weed; J was a Jolly Cock, not used to read.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
Next, a cock-grouse, somewhere below the amber sea, crowed aloud to proclaim the day, and a raven mocked at him hoarsely.
"The Way of the Wild" by F. St. Mars
We climbed up to a tiny cock-loft, of which the side towards the sea was all glazed.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Then open your exhaust an' unscrew a sea-cock.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
The sea-cock was then opened, and the chamber began to slowly fill with water.
"The Log of the Flying Fish" by Harry Collingwood
If a sailor on land is a fish out of water, a soldier at sea is like a game cock in a duckpond.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
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In poetry:

The last badge of victory.
The swarm is knocked into a cocked straw hat.
Elba, Elba, bleb on the sea!
The white busts of marshals, admirals, generals
Worming themselves into niches.
"The Swarm" by Sylvia Plath
There are cities by rivers, by lakes, and by seas,
Each as full of itself as a cheese-mite of cheese;
And a city will brag as a game-cock will crow
Don't your cockerels at home--just a little, you know?
"Welcome To The Chicago Commercial Club" by Oliver Wendell Holmes