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Definition of cockle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cockle

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈkɒkl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːkl//
 
Invertebrates
 
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  • a small shellfish that can be eaten See related entries: Invertebrates
  • Word Origin Middle English: from Old French coquille ‘shell’, based on Greek konkhulion, from konkhē ‘conch’.Idioms
    warm the cockles (of somebody’s heart)
     
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    (British English) to make somebody feel happy or sympathetic Doesn’t that story just warm the cockles of your heart?
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cockle