• WordNet 3.6
    • n cockleshell a small light flimsy boat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cockleshell A light boat. "To board the cockleshell in those plunding waters."
    • Cockleshell One of the shells or valves of a cockle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cockleshell The shell of the cockle, especially the common cockle, Cardium edule. See cut under cockle.
    • n cockleshell A representation of a cockle, serving, instead of the shell itself, as the badge and attribute of a pilgrim: in heraldry, same as scallop.
    • n cockleshell A cockboat.
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In literature:

And stung with bitter surges, in whose might I toss, a cockleshell?
"Sword Blades and Poppy Seed" by Amy Lowell
Carter stood up in the stern sheets balancing himself cleverly to the disordered motion of his cockleshell.
"The Rescue" by Joseph Conrad
Below Paspahegh a cockleshell of a boat carrying a great white sail overtook me, and I was hailed by young Hamor.
"To Have and To Hold" by Mary Johnston
Therefore she knelt in a cockleshell alone on a rushing river and sped through, a wilderness into appalling danger.
"The Maid of the Whispering Hills" by Vingie E. Roe
Sit steady, Sparks; she's only a cockleshell.
"Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Charles Lever
The waves which batter the cockleshells change their direction at every instant.
"A Book of Prefaces" by H. L. Mencken
But please do not deride my poor cockleshell, as you call it; for without her I had never such news as I bring you.
"Major Vigoureux" by A. T. Quiller-Couch
At first, it seemed, in this cockleshell, we were little better off than clinging to the spar, for every wave threatened to swamp it.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
I call it a cockleshell!
"Bob Strong's Holidays" by John Conroy Hutcheson
Them cockleshell boats won't stand much.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon

In poetry:

Centuries gone, it was shaped and sung,
Centuries gone when the world was young,
When first he launched on the trackless tide
His cockleshell craft of boughs and hide —
"The Builders" by Cicely Fox Smith

In science:

Among them, the involute of a circle can be easily generated in everyday life events, while the exponential spiral can be found in various cockleshells.
Optimization in Differentiable Manifolds in Order to Determine the Method of Construction of Prehistoric Wall-Paintings