Definition of coquina in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɒˈkiːnə/


1 [mass noun] A soft limestone of broken shells, used in road-making in the Caribbean and Florida.
Example sentences
  • The limestone changes from conchiferous sandstones to consolidated coquina limestone.
  • The best Doral course for hammer-down ball-chasing turned out to be the Great White, where the fairways are flanked by vast waste areas filled with crushed and compacted coquina shells - an ideal surface for Le Mans-style oversteering.
  • Norman's trademarks - fast fairways, tight lies around the greens, no rough, transition areas of coquina shells, and sod-wall bunkers - are all on display.
2 (also coquina clam) A small bivalve mollusc with a wedge-shaped shell which has a wide variety of colours and patterns.
  • Genus Donax, family Donacidae: several species.
Example sentences
  • I walked the tide line to find the morning's washed-up gifts; stepped carefully between jellyfish the size of dinner plates; dug for escaping mole crabs and wiggling coquinas in hand-made tidal pools.
  • But one of the most familiar inhabitants that stays up near the action is a small clam known on Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico beaches as the coquina and on the Pacific coast as the bean, or wedge, clam.
  • The angled brooms that first come in contact with the coquina shells loosen them and then the second set of brooms, which aren't angled, provides the finishing touches to a smooth and well-maintained waste bunker.


Mid 19th century: from Spanish, literally 'cockle', based on Latin concha (see conch).

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