• WordNet 3.6
    • n cockup something badly botched or muddled
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cockup (Zoöl) A large, highly esteemed, edible fish of India (Lates calcarifer); -- also called begti.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cockup In printing, having the top much above the top line of the other letters of the text: applied to a large type used for the initial letter of the first word of a volume, part, book, or chapter.
    • n cockup A serranoid fish, Lates calcarifer, of the seas, back-waters, and mouths of rivers of India and neighboring countries. It has an oblong compressed body, moderate scales, small head with incurved sloping profile, from 7 to 8 spines in the first dorsal, 2 spines and from 11 to 12 rays in the second, 3 spines and from 8 to 9 rays in the anal, and convex caudal fin. The color is gray inclining to green on the back and silvery below. It is an excellent food-fish, both fresh and salted, and from it some of the best tamarind-fish is preserved. By Cuvier and Valenciennes it was named Lates nobilis, and by that name it was known to most naturalists up to 1860. It is ranked by some naturalists as a fresh-water fish, and occurs in all the large rivers of India and Burma. It is predatory in its habits, and ascends far up the rivers, especially in the wake of shoals of a kind of shad, Clupea palasah, and reaches as high as Mandalay, in Upper Burma, about 650 miles from the sea.
    • n cockup An old form of hat with the brim much turned up in front.
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In literature:

On the 14th he anchored in the straits of See Cockup (Si Kakap), which divide the Northern from the Southern Pagi.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden