- any of a family (Cardiidae) of edible, marine bivalve mollusks with two heart-shaped, radially ridged shells
- a cockleshell
- a wrinkle; pucker
Origin of cockleMiddle English cokel ; from Old French coquille, a blister, shell, cockle, altered (infl. by coq, cock) ; from Classical Latin conchylium ; from Classical Greek konchylion, shellfish ; from konch?: see conch
Origin of cockleFr coquiller < the n.
warm the cockles of someone's heart
Origin of cockleprob. < L cochlea, winding cavity, lit., snail: see cochlea
Origin of cockleMiddle English cokkel ; from Old English coccel, darnel, tares
- Any of various chiefly marine bivalve mollusks of the family Cardiidae, having rounded or heart-shaped shells with radiating ribs.
- The shell of a cockle.
- A wrinkle; a pucker.
- Nautical A cockleshell.
intr. & tr.v.cock·led, cock·ling, cock·les
Origin of cockleMiddle English cokel, from Old French coquille, shell, from Vulgar Latin *cochillia, from Latin conchyllium, from Greek konkhulion, diminutive of konkh&emacron;, mussel.
Origin of cockleMiddle English cokkel, from Old English coccel, from Medieval Latin *cocculus, diminutive of Latin coccus, kermes berry, from Greek kokkos.
- Any of various edible European bivalve mollusks, of the family Cardiidae, having heart-shaped shells.
- The shell of such a mollusk.
- (in the plural) One’s innermost feelings (only in the expression “the cockles of one’s heart”).
- (directly from French coquille) A wrinkle, pucker
- (by extension) A defect in sheepskin; firm dark nodules caused by the bites of keds on live sheep
- (mining, UK, Cornish) The mineral black tourmaline or schorl.
- (UK) The fire chamber of a furnace.
- (UK) A kiln for drying hops; an oast.
- (UK) The dome of a heating furnace.
(third-person singular simple present cockles, present participle cockling, simple past and past participle cockled)
- To cause to contract into wrinkles or ridges, as some kinds of cloth after a wetting; to pucker.
From Old French coquille, from Vulgar Latin *cocchilia, form of Latin conchylia, from Ancient Greek κογχύλιον (konkhulion), diminutive of κογχύλη (konkhulē, “mussel”), from Proto-Indo-European *konkho.