Cockleshell
Cockleshell \Coc"kle*shell`\, n. 1. One of the shells or valves of a cockle. [1913 Webster]

2. A light boat. [1913 Webster]

To board the cockleshell in those plunding waters. --W. Black. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • cockleshell — [käk′əlshel΄] n. 1. the shell of a cockle 2. loosely any bivalve shell of a marine mollusk 3. any small, usually fragile, lightweight boat …   English World dictionary

  • cockleshell — UK [ˈkɒk(ə)lˌʃel] / US [ˈkɑk(ə)lˌʃel] noun [countable] Word forms cockleshell : singular cockleshell plural cockleshells 1) the shell of a cockle 2) a small light boat …   English dictionary

  • cockleshell — noun Date: 15th century 1. a. the shell or one of the shell valves of a cockle b. a shell (as a scallop shell) suggesting a cockleshell 2. a light flimsy boat …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cockleshell — kriauklė statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Išorinis apsauginis skeletas, gaubiantis pečiakojų, daugumos moliuskų, kai kurių pirmuonių (pvz., kiautuotojų) kūną. Dažnai ne visai gaubia kūną, todėl per jos angą gyvūnas gali… …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • cockleshell — /kok euhl shel /, n. 1. a shell of the cockle. 2. a shell of some other mollusk, as the scallop. 3. Naut. any light or frail vessel. [1375 1425; late ME cokille shell. See COCKLE1, SHELL] * * * …   Universalium

  • cockleshell — noun a) The shell of a cockle (or similar shell) b) A small, flimsy boat …   Wiktionary

  • cockleshell — cock|le|shell [ kakl,ʃel ] noun count 1. ) the shell of a COCKLE 2. ) a small light boat …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cockleshell — n. shell of a cockle (type of shellfish); scallop; light boat …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cockleshell — noun (C) 1 the heart shaped shell of the cockle 2 literary a small light boat …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • cockleshell — cock•le•shell [[t]ˈkɒk əlˌʃɛl[/t]] n. 1) ivt the shell of a cockle 2) ivt the shell of any other bivalve mollusk 3) naut. navig. any light or frail boat • Etymology: 1375–1425 …   From formal English to slang

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