- n. Plural form of cockleshell.
“Bloody Mary was renowned for torturing Protestants, and "silver bells" was a nickname for the thumbscrews, while "cockleshells" were believed to be instruments of torture attached to the genitals.”
“Both queens' husbands supposedly cheated on them, and "cockleshells" may refer to this.”
“They lie in parallel lines along the beach, laid down by the retreat of successive tides, a jumble of bleached razorshells, ottershells and cockleshells with the occasional rarer find hidden among them.”
“Keen on the silver bells and cockleshells ... a 17th-century Dutch portrait of Queen Mary I of England, aka 'Bloody Mary'.”
“The nursery rhyme includes references to several Catholic symbols: the silver bells were the bells rung during mass; cockleshells were worn on the hats of pilgrims on their way to visit holy shrines; and pretty maids all in a row were nuns at prayer.”
“How did nine little boats (veritable cockleshells, even at 60 feet) splashing across the Seven Seas become such a spectacular draw?”
“Indeed, instances have been known of concretions in the bladder so shaped as closely to resemble cockleshells.”
“With silver bells, and cockleshells, And pretty maids all in a row.”
“Even the green hands knew that one day their lives could depend on the condition of these fragile cockleshells.”
“And my heart wasn't in my mouth so much, " Claire Byrne said, 'thinking of all that could go wrong with those cockleshells.”
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