cockle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cockle to gather something into small wrinkles or folds "She puckered her lips"
    • v cockle stir up (water) so as to form ripples
    • n cockle common edible, burrowing European bivalve mollusk that has a strong, rounded shell with radiating ribs
    • n cockle common edible European bivalve
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "Hot cockles" was a popular game at Christmas in medieval times. It was a game in which the other players took turns striking the blindfolded player, who had to guess the name of the person delivering each blow. "Hot cockles" was still a Christmas pastime until the Victorian era.
    • Cockle (Zoöl) A bivalve mollusk, with radiating ribs, of the genus Cardium, especially Cardium edule, used in Europe for food; -- sometimes applied to similar shells of other genera.
    • Cockle A cockleshell.
    • Cockle A hop-drying kiln; an oast.
    • n Cockle (Bot) A plant or weed that grows among grain; the corn rose (Luchnis Githage).
    • Cockle The dome of a heating furnace.
    • Cockle The fire chamber of a furnace.
    • Cockle The mineral black tourmaline or schorl; -- so called by the Cornish miners.
    • v. t Cockle To cause to contract into wrinkles or ridges, as some kinds of cloth after a wetting.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cockle Darnel, Lolium temulentum; rye-grass, L. perenne; tare; a weed generally.
    • n cockle The corn-rose or corn-cockle, Lychnis (Agrostemma) Githago.
    • n cockle A mollusk of the family Cardiidæ and genus Cardium; especially, the common edible species of Europe, Cardium edule; the shell of such mollusks.
    • n cockle An equivalve bivalve, resembling or related to mollusks of the genus Cardium. A bivalve mollusk of the family Myidæ, Mya truncata: so called in the Hebrides; more fully called lady-cockle.
    • n cockle A univalve mollusk of the family Muricidæ; the murex or purple-fish.
    • n cockle A ringlet or crimp.
    • n cockle [See cockle, verb] The instrument used in cockling the cogs of a mill.
    • n cockle Same as cockle, 2 .
    • n cockle To be hanged: from the noise made while strangling.
    • cockle To pucker or contract into wrinkles, as cloth or glass.
    • cockle To rise into frequent ridges, as the waves of a chopping sea.
    • cockle To make a slight score on the cogs or teeth of a mill, as a guide for cutting off their ends, so that the whole may be given a truly circular form.
    • cockle To cause to pucker in wrinkles: as, rain will cockle silk.
    • n cockle The body or fire-chamber of an air-stove, usually made of fire-brick.
    • n cockle A kind of kiln or stove for drying hops.
    • n cockle In porcelain manufacturing, a large stove used for drying biscuit-ware which has been dipped in glaze, preparatory to burning.
    • n cockle A young cock; a cockerel.
    • cockle To cry like a cock.
    • n cockle An Australian bivalve mollusk, Cardium tenuicostatum; also, a member of the genus Chione.
    • n cockle A small crisp confection of sugar stiffened with flour, variously flavored, and of a pink, light-yellow, or white color. Mottoes were printed on them in red letters.
    • n cockle A pucker or wrinkle; an unevenness, as in cloth or glass.
    • n cockle A disease of wheat caused by a nematoid worm, Telenchus tritici, which infests the grain and causes it to become deformed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cockle kok′l a troublesome weed among corn, with a purple flower.
    • n Cockle kok′l a large and typical genus of bivalve molluscs, having a thick, ribbed, heart-shaped, equal-valved shell
    • v.i Cockle kok′l to pucker into wrinkles or ridges
    • v.t Cockle to cause to pucker
    • n Cockle kok′l the fire-chamber of an air-stove.
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Idioms

Warm the cockles of your heart - If something warms the cockles of your heart, it makes you feel happy.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. cockes, cockles, AS. sǣcoccas, sea cockles, prob, from Celtic; cf. W. cocs, cockles, Gael. cochull, husk. Perh. influenced by F. coquille, shell, a dim. from the root of E. conch,. Cf. Coach

Usage

In literature:

More in the foreground, in the same direction, there spreads a troubled cockling sea of the Great Conglomerate.
"The Cruise of the Betsey" by Hugh Miller
To-night, the ebb bore with it a cockle-shell on which a lad clung, shivering.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
She knew that if she looked long enough, he would glance up and smile the smile which always warmed the cockles of her loving heart.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
Then folding them in a ball, and squeezing them into a cockle-shell, they were ready for sale.
"Harper's Young People, May 25, 1880" by Various
And had the Swede boy known it, he was less to her than a cockle-bur in her blind black pony's tail.
"The Biography of a Prairie Girl" by Eleanor Gates
Each hair has tiny prongs or tentacles, something like those on the cockle bur, which catch the dust; hence the especial need of brushing.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Below, in the mud, are boundless stores of pipi (cockles), and other shell-fish and eels.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
Serve them with shrimp, cockle, or mustard sauce, and garnish with red cabbage.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
It will warm the cockles of your heart; come over to my house and I'll mix you the best drink in New York.
"The Fifth String" by John Philip Sousa
Cockle, the order of the, 586.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
Ah'll bet she'll spen' th' winter shellin' cawn fer plantin', an' pickin' cockle outen th' wheat.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
And a little after I scraped acquaintance with a poor body tramping out to gather cockles.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Destroyed by fire five days ago; and we've been in this here cockle-shell ever since.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
Mr. Roach Smith suggested that probably the sand may have been procured from "Cockle-shell Hard," near Sheerness.
"A Week's Tramp in Dickens-Land" by William R. Hughes
TO PREVENT GUMMED PAPER FROM COCKLING.
"Paper and Printing Recipes" by J. Sawtelle Ford
With cockle-shells, and silver bells, And mussels all a row.
"The Nursery Rhymes of England" by Various
That was the nearest we could get to cockle-shells.
"The Wouldbegoods" by E. Nesbit
In April and May, with mackerel and cockles.
"Elizabethan England" by William Harrison
A cockle shell, which they sometimes use instead of a spoon.
"The History of Virginia, in Four Parts" by Robert Beverley
An' think o' gettin' your tooth on a live cockle!
"Leerie" by Ruth Sawyer
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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
For, once the fowling piece is out,
And game is on the tapis,
The set upon my hero’s snout
Would make a cockle happy.
"Rover" by Henry Kendall
This medal could tell a tale, sir,
When things were merry and ripe.
Father gambled his money in horse-hair,
Cockles, confetti, and tripe.
"This Medal" by Billy Bennett
An old woman sitting and waiting for call,
With her baskets of cockles and apples and all;
A one-legged sailor attending a ball,
And a tailor and nailer busy.
"The Toy-Maker" by Padraic Colum
Cuddy.
As at Hot-Cockles once I laid me down,
And felt the weighty hand of many a clown;
Buxoma gave a gentle tap, and I Quick rose, and read soft mischief in her eye.
"The Shepherd's Week : Monday; or the Squabble" by John Gay
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

In news:

Here, deliciously briny cockles are simply enhanced with white wine and scallions in a savory broth .
To turn this first course into a more substantial meal, toss the cockles and broth with pasta and chopped tomatoes.
View full size Richard Cockle/The Oregonian An honor guard removes the casket from a horse-drawn hearse in Baker City.
Briefly putting aside the controversial name and quality of the product, the stunning, overnight success of Fat Ho Burgers on South 11th Street warms the cockles of our hearts, if not actually clogging them.
It warms the cockles of my cold, black heart.
Here, deliciously briny cockles are simply enhanced with white wine and scallions in a savory broth.
A traditional spot with outstanding berberechos (sweet cockles) – Travel Picks: Where to Eat in Spain.
A true love story that warms the cockles of our hearts.
Richard Cockle / The Oregonian Mike Eaton worries that some of the 48 wind turbines in the Willow Creek Wind Project west of Boardman may be sited too close to his rural home.
It sure doesn't warm the cockles of my heart, that is for darn sure.
I know summer is officially over, but it warms my cockles everytime I see this great video with all these country artists singing Little Big Town's hit song " Pontoon ".
On its face, this festive scene in Bangor should have been enough to warm the cockles of a moviegoer's heart.
Richard Cockle/The Oregonian Imnaha Postmaster Bonnie Marks chats with 13-year-old Wyatt Smith, who's been swimming in the Imnaha River, in front of the tiny Imnaha Post Office.
As a little girl growing up in London's East End, Angela Cockle liked to draw sunshine, palm trees, the ocean and a beach.
State Officials Say Cockles May Contain PSP Toxins Year-Round.
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In science:

What is desirable, is to have just a two or three step process to obtain the n roots of the nth degree polynomial [Cockle, 9 and 10],[Harley, 11],[Cayley, 12].
On the Complete Solution to the Most General Fifth Degree Polynomial
Cockle, James. ”Sketch of a Theory of Transcendental Roots”.
On the Complete Solution to the Most General Fifth Degree Polynomial
Cockle, James, ”On Transcendental and Algebraic Solution.-Supplementary Paper”.
On the Complete Solution to the Most General Fifth Degree Polynomial
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