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1 common edible European bivalve
2 common edible European bivalve mollusk having a rounded shell with radiating ribs


1 stir up (water) so as to form ripples [syn: ripple, ruffle, riffle, undulate]
2 to gather something into small wrinkles or folds; "She puckered her lips" [syn: pucker, rumple, crumple, knit]

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Etymology 1

From cokille (French coquille), from *cocchilia, form of conchylia, from (konkhylion), diminutive of ‘mussel’.


  1. Any of various edible European bivalve mollusks, of the family Cardiidae, having heart-shaped shells.
  2. The shell of the cockle.
  3. A defect in sheepskin; firm dark nodules caused by the bites of keds on live sheep
  4. (plural) One’s innermost feelings (only in the expression “the cockles of one’s heart”).
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Etymology 2

Old English coccel, perhaps from a diminutive of coccus, berry


  1. any of several plants, such as the corn cockle
Scientific names
any of several plants, such as the corn cockle

Extensive Definition

Cockle may refer to:
Cockles come from shallow waters of the ocean bed and are also known as mochacocka.

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