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ˈkɒk əlcock·le

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cockle(noun)

    common edible European bivalve

  2. cockle(verb)

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

  3. ripple, ruffle, riffle, cockle, undulate(verb)

    stir up (water) so as to form ripples

  4. pucker, rumple, cockle, crumple, knit(verb)

    to gather something into small wrinkles or folds

    "She puckered her lips"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cockle(noun)

    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. Cockle(noun)

    a cockleshell

  3. Cockle(noun)

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

  4. Cockle(noun)

    the fire chamber of a furnace

  5. Cockle(noun)

    a hop-drying kiln; an oast

  6. Cockle(noun)

    the dome of a heating furnace

  7. Cockle(verb)

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

  8. Cockle(noun)

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

  9. Cockle(noun)

    the Lotium, or darnel

  10. Origin: [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.

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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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