- 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
transitive verb-·led, -·ling
Origin of cockleFr coquiller < the n.
warm the cockles of someone's heart
Origin of cockleprob. < L cochlea, winding cavity, lit., snail: see cochlea