• IPA: /ˈkɒkl̩/

cockle (plural cockles)

  1. Any of various edible European bivalve mollusks, of the family Cardiidae, having heart-shaped shells.
  2. The shell of such a mollusk.
  3. (in the plural) One’s innermost feelings (only in the expression “the cockles of one’s heart”).
  4. (directly from French coquille) A wrinkle, pucker
  5. (by extension) A defect in sheepskin; firm dark nodules caused by the bites of keds on live sheep
  6. (mining, UK, Cornwall) The mineral black tourmaline or schorl.
  7. (UK) The fire chamber of a furnace.
  8. (UK) A kiln for drying hops; an oast.
  9. (UK) The dome of a heating furnace.
  • French: coque
  • German: Herzmuschel
  • Portuguese: berbigão
  • Russian: сердцеви́дка
  • Spanish: berberecho

cockle (cockles, present participle cockling; past and past participle cockled)

  1. To cause to contract into wrinkles or ridges, as some kinds of cloth after a wetting; to pucker.

cockle (plural cockles)

  1. Any of several field weeds, such as the common corncockle (Agrostemma githago) and darnel ryegrass (Lolium temulentum).
    • 1855, Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”, X:
      But cockle, spurge, according to their law / Might propagate their kind, with none to awe, / You'd think; a burr had been a treasure trove.
  • (Lolium temulentum) darnel, false wheat
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