from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The shell of a cockle.
  • noun A shell similar to that of a cockle.
  • noun Nautical A small light boat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The shell of the cockle, especially the common cockle, Cardium edule. See cut under cockle.
  • noun A representation of a cockle, serving, instead of the shell itself, as the badge and attribute of a pilgrim: in heraldry, same as scallop.
  • noun A cockboat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One of the shells or valves of a cockle.
  • noun A light boat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The shell of a cockle (or similar shell)
  • noun A small, flimsy boat

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a small light flimsy boat


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  • There is a moment when the kitten pounces on the unsuspecting dragonfly, when the lost cockleshell is found and the little girl in a yellow bathing suit drains the seawater back into the sea … the noose comes tight against his throat.

    A MOMENT (ON THE GALLOWS) • by Bosley Gravel

  • The only other items in the grave were bay and willow leaves and a single pierced cockleshell.

    Worcester Pilgrim

  • As she was in the habit of obeying his commands very literally, and as a few hours after he left Lisbon a little cockleshell of a steamer came in, she embarked in this most unseaworthy boat the afternoon of the same day, though she had no proper accommodation for passengers.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • A high sea ran, and the light boat dived, and soared, and fell again, dancing like a cockleshell.

    Ultima Thule

  • Sheer senseless destruction to send in a cockleshell like the JERVIS BAY against the might of a pocket battleship, a folly and a bravado, that amounted to nothing less than madness.

    The Lonely Sea

  • There were three of them astern of us, cockleshell rowing boats, with three soldiers - Germans, I thought - in each, every one life-jacketed and armed to the teeth - as wicked looking a boarding party as I'd seen for a long time.

    The Lonely Sea

  • Those who had dared to pit this cockleshell against the unleashed might of the Vilayet could do naught but cling and wait.

    Conan The Unconquered

  • Those who had dared to pit this cockleshell against the unleashed might of the Vilayet could do naught but cling and wait.

    Conan The Unconquered

  • And in the morning there was a cockleshell of a boat oared in by one of the men who had found it downriver.

    Ride Proud, Rebel!

  • In our impatience to land, I and my friend left the schooner in a cockleshell of a boat, which upset in the surge, and we found ourselves floundering in the water.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 54, No. 337, November, 1843


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