• WordNet 3.6
    • n Cockaigne (Middle Ages) an imaginary land of luxury and idleness
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Cockaigne An imaginary country of idleness and luxury; lotus-land.
    • n Cockaigne The land of cockneys; London and its suburbs.
    • n Cockaigne A London cockney.—This nickname is more than four hundred years old. For when Hugh Bigot added artificial fortifications to his naturally strong Castle of Bungey in Suffolk, he gave out this rhythme, therein vaunting it for impregnable:
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cockaigne kok-ān′ an imaginary country of luxury and delight.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. dub.; Fr. cocagne, acc. to some from L. coquĕre, to cook.


In literature:

My honoured foster-brother, thy Westmoreland blood seems over-hot for Cockaigne!
"The Last Of The Barons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Never comes the trader thither, never o'er the purple main Sounds the oath of British commerce, or the accent of Cockaigne.
"The Bon Gaultier Ballads" by William Edmonstoune Aytoun Theodore Martin
Her face had the melancholy of Russia, but her voice was as the voice of Cockaigne.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
Never comes the trader thither, never o'er the purple main Sounds the oath of British commerce, or the accents of Cockaigne.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
"The Works Of Edward Bulwer-Lytton A Linked Index to the Project Gutenberg Editions" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Elgar's overtures "Cockaigne," also Glazunof's "Ruses d'Amor," given by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
Abbey and Co., cum familiaribus et consanguineis (signed) Count de Cockaigne.
"Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends" by John Keats
His kingdom was the "Land of Cockaigne," a borrowing, most probably, from the thirteenth century satire by that name.
"Leigh Hunt's Relations with Byron, Shelley and Keats" by Barnette Miller
"Puppets at Large" by F. Anstey
She had the haunting melancholy of Russia in her face, but her voice was as the voice of Cockaigne.
"Modern Essays" by John Macy

In poetry:

My sister, it is autumn in Cockaigne,
And we are weary, for we've come so far
—Too far to be enchanted by the rain.
We are alone, alone with what we are.
"The Attic" by Henri Coulette
We are enchanted by the sound of rain;
Darkness, half-light, and light combine and blur.
This is the national treasury of Cockaigne,
Of which we are the keepers, as it were.
"The Attic" by Henri Coulette

In news:

Souther Tier's Cockaigne Ski Lodge Destroyed.
The lodge at the Cockaigne Ski Center in Chatauqua County was destroyed by flames overnight.
Souther Tier's Cockaigne Ski Lodge Destroyed.
As much as I wish that Cockaigne was open for the current - albeit dismal - winter season, I cannot help but wish that another attorney was handling the sale.

In science:

These conditions ensure that the overall flux of goods, including a non-negative outflow {Yi}, is balanced, i.e. that no intrinsic creation of material occurs in the system (impossibility of the Land of Cockaigne [22,23]).
Stability and dynamical properties of material flow systems on random networks