- 1An edible, burrowing bivalve mollusk with a strong ribbed shell.
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- Genus Cardium, family Cardiidae
- Naturally I look for something a little different such as Pepperami, garlic sausage meat, strong smelling cheeses, cockles or mussels.
- Shellfish such as oysters, mussels, cockles, winkles, whelks and crabs were collected for food from the estuaries and sea shores.
- While Brits eat turkey at Christmas, Spaniards look forward to festive feasts of clams, crabs, cockles, mussels, octopus and goose barnacles.
- 2 (also cockleshell) • literary A small shallow boat.More example sentences
- The crew of both remaining cockleshells placed limpet mines on the merchant ships they found in the harbour.
warm the cockles of one's heart
- Give one a comforting feeling of pleasure or contentment.More example sentences
- Ah, it warms the cockles of your heart, doesn't it?
- But it would be stretching credibility to suggest much of this game warmed the cockles of your heart.
- The sixth race produced a contest to warm the cockles of your heart.
Middle English: from Old French coquille 'shell', based on Greek konkhulion, from konkhē 'conch'.
mid 16th century: from French coquiller 'blister (bread in cooking)', from coquille 'shell' (see cockle1).