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coquina

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noun co·qui·na \kō-ˈkē-nə\

Definition of coquina

  1. 1 :  a soft whitish limestone formed of broken shells and corals cemented together and used for building

  2. 2 :  a small wedge-shaped clam (Donax variabilis) used for broth or chowder and occurring in the intertidal zone of sandy Atlantic beaches from Delaware to the Gulf of Mexico



Origin of coquina

Spanish, probably diminutive of coca head, alteration of coco bogeyman, coconut


First Known Use: 1837


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