cock·le·shell | \ˈkä-kəl-ˌshel \

Definition of cockleshell 

1a : the shell or one of the shell valves of a cockle

b : a shell (such as a scallop shell) suggesting a cockleshell

2 : a light flimsy boat

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This popular Spanish-inspired dish was served in cockleshells so reminiscent the Galicia region of Spain’s cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela. Jane Napier Neely, La Cañada Valley Sun, "The Valley Line: Dinner launches Gold Medal Exhibition at Autry," 24 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of cockleshell

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of cockleshell

: the shell of a cockle


cock·le·shell | \ˈkä-kəl-ˌshel \

Kids Definition of cockleshell

: a shell of a cockle

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