from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A large net for catching woodcock by shutting them in.

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

  • noun obsolete A kind of net to catch woodcock.
  • noun [Obs.] evening twilight; nightfall; -- so called in allusion to the tome at which the cockshut used to be spread.

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  • noun obsolete A kind of net for catching woodcock.


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cock +‎ shut


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  • evening; twilight

    May 18, 2007

  • Wow, I just assumed this was dirty.

    October 25, 2007

  • Some other words for evening or twilight:

    - afternight

    - antitwilight

    - cocklight

    - crepuscule

    - e'en

    - eventide

    - gloaming

    - undertime

    - vesper

    - vespertide

    - vespertine

    February 5, 2008

  • Wow. "I'm sure finding it hard to wait for cocklight!" (another: twitterlight)

    July 11, 2008

  • word "cockshut" means ( I know this word from my childhood and have seen it used often) time just after sunset ( when hens and and other farm birds were led to their coops and shut down for the night.

    July 18, 2009