cock·​le·​shell | \ ˈkä-kəl-ˌshel How to pronounce cockleshell (audio) \

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

Illustration of cockleshell

Illustration of cockleshell

cockleshell 1a

Examples of cockleshell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cockleshell.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of cockleshell

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cockleshell

Statistics for cockleshell

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for cockleshell

The first known use of cockleshell was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for cockleshell



English Language Learners Definition of cockleshell

: the shell of a cockle


cock·​le·​shell | \ ˈkä-kəl-ˌshel How to pronounce cockleshell (audio) \

Kids Definition of cockleshell

: a shell of a cockle

More from Merriam-Webster on cockleshell

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with cockleshell

Comments on cockleshell

What made you want to look up cockleshell? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


something desired as essential

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!