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Definition of "cockleshell" []

  • The shell of a cockle. (noun)
  • A shell similar to that of a cockle. (noun)
  • Nautical A small light boat. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cockleshell" in a sentence
  • "There is a moment when the kitten pounces on the unsuspecting dragonfly, when the lost cockleshell is found and the little girl in a yellow bathing suit drains the seawater back into the sea … the noose comes tight against his throat."
  • "The only other items in the grave were bay and willow leaves and a single pierced cockleshell."
  • "As she was in the habit of obeying his commands very literally, and as a few hours after he left Lisbon a little cockleshell of a steamer came in, she embarked in this most unseaworthy boat the afternoon of the same day, though she had no proper accommodation for passengers."