noun (1)
cock·​le | \ˈkä-kəl \

Definition of cockle 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: any of several weedy plants of the pink family especially : corn cockle


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Definition of cockle (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : any of various chiefly marine bivalve mollusks (family Cardiidae) having a shell with convex radially ribbed valves especially : a common edible European bivalve (Cerastoderma edule synonym Cardium edule)


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Definition of cockle (Entry 3 of 3)

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Noun (3)

cockle verb

First Known Use of cockle

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cockle

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English coccel

Noun (2)

Middle English cokille, from Middle French coquille shell, modification of Latin conchylia, plural of conchylium, from Greek konchylion, from konchē conch

Noun (3)

Middle English kokell, ultimately from Middle French coquillé wavy or rounded like a shell, from coquille

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The first known use of cockle was before the 12th century

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cock·​le | \ˈkä-kəl \

Kids Definition of cockle

: an edible shellfish with a shell that has two parts and is shaped like a heart

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