What does cockle mean?

Definitions for cockle
ˈkɒk əlcock·le

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cocklenoun

    common edible European bivalve

  2. cockleverb

    common edible, burrowing European bivalve mollusk that has a strong, rounded shell with radiating ribs

  3. ripple, ruffle, riffle, cockle, undulateverb

    stir up (water) so as to form ripples

  4. pucker, rumple, cockle, crumple, knitverb

    to gather something into small wrinkles or folds

    "She puckered her lips"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. COCKLEnoun

    A small testaceous fish.

    Etymology: coquille, French.

    It is a cockle, or a walnut-shell. William Shakespeare, Tam. of Shrew.

    We may, I think, from the make of an oyster, or cockle, reasonably conclude, that it has not so many, nor so quick senses, as a man. John Locke.

    Three common cockle shells, out of gravel pits. John Woodward.

  2. Cocklenoun

    A weed that grows in corn.

    Etymology: coquille, French.

    In soothing them we nourish, ’gainst our senate,
    The cockle of rebellion, insolence, sedition. William Shakespeare.

    Good seed degenerates, and oft’ obeys
    The soil’s disease, and into cockle strays. John Donne.

  3. To Cockleverb

    To contract into wrinkles like the shell of a cockle.

    Etymology: from cockle.

    Show’rs soon drench the camblet’s cockled grain. John Gay.


  1. cockle

    A cockle is a type of small, saltwater clam or marine bivalve mollusk. They are known for their distinct, rounded shells that are usually ribbed and heart-shaped. The term 'cockle' is also often used in a figurative sense to refer to sentiments of warmth or affection.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cocklenoun

    a bivalve mollusk, with radiating ribs, of the genus Cardium, especially C. edule, used in Europe for food; -- sometimes applied to similar shells of other genera

  2. Cocklenoun

    a cockleshell

  3. Cocklenoun

    the mineral black tourmaline or schorl; -- so called by the Cornish miners

  4. Cocklenoun

    the fire chamber of a furnace

  5. Cocklenoun

    a hop-drying kiln; an oast

  6. Cocklenoun

    the dome of a heating furnace

  7. Cockleverb

    to cause to contract into wrinkles or ridges, as some kinds of cloth after a wetting

  8. Cocklenoun

    a plant or weed that grows among grain; the corn rose (Luchnis Githage)

  9. Cocklenoun

    the Lotium, or darnel

  10. Etymology: [Of uncertian origin.]


  1. Cockle

    Cockle is the common name for a group of small, edible, saltwater clams, marine bivalve molluscs in the family Cardiidae. Various species of cockles live in sandy, sheltered beaches throughout the world. The distinctive rounded shells of cockles are symmetrical, and are heart-shaped when viewed from the end. Numerous radial ribs occur in most but not all genera. For an exception, see the genus Laevicardium, the egg cockles, which have very smooth shells. The mantle has three apertures for siphoning water and for the foot to protrude. Cockles typically burrow using the foot, and feed by filtering plankton from the surrounding water. Cockles are capable of "jumping" by bending and straightening the foot. Like many bivalves, cockles display gonochorism, and some species reach maturity quickly. Confusingly, the common name "cockle" is also given to a number of other small, edible bivalves which have a somewhat similar shape, but these bivalves are in other families such as the Veneridae and the Arcidae. Cockles in the family Cardiidae are sometimes known as "true cockles" to distinguish them from these other species.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cockle

    kok′l, n. a troublesome weed among corn, with a purple flower. [A.S. coccel.]

  2. Cockle

    kok′l, n. a large and typical genus of bivalve molluscs, having a thick, ribbed, heart-shaped, equal-valved shell.—adj. Cock′led, shelled like a cockle.—ns. Cock′le-hat, a hat bearing a scallop-shell, the badge of a pilgrim; Cock′le-shell, the shell of a cockle: a frail boat.—The cockles of the heart, the heart itself. [Fr. coquille—Gr. kongchylionkongchē, a cockle.]

  3. Cockle

    kok′l, v.i. to pucker into wrinkles or ridges.—v.t. to cause to pucker.

  4. Cockle

    kok′l, n. the fire-chamber of an air-stove.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cockle

    A common bivalve mollusc (Cardium edule), often used as food.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cockle is ranked #84463 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cockle surname appeared 222 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Cockle.

    86.9% or 193 total occurrences were White.
    5.8% or 13 total occurrences were Black.
    4.5% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cockle in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cockle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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