(Coc*agne") n. [F. cocagne, pays de cocagne; of uncertian origin, cf. Prov. F. couque cake,
Catal. coca, L. coquere to cook; as if the houses in this country were covered with cakes. Cf. Cook,
1. An imaginary country of idleness and luxury.
2. The land of cockneys; cockneydom; a term applied to London and its suburbs. Smart.
(Co"ca*ine) n. (Chem.) A powerful alkaloid, C17H21NO4, obtained from the leaves of coca.
It is a bitter, white, crystalline substance, and is remarkable for producing local insensibility to pain.
(Coc*cif"er*ous) a. [L. coccum a berry + -ferous. See Coccus.] Bearing or producing
berries; bacciferous; as, cocciferous trees or plants.
(||Coc`ci*nel"la) n. [NL., fr. L. coccineus scarlet-colored. See Cochoneal.] (Zoöl.) A genus
of small beetles of many species. They and their larvæ feed on aphids or plant lice, and hence are of
great benefit to man. Also called ladybirds and ladybugs.
(||Coc`co*bac*te"ri*um) n.; pl. Coccobacteria [NL., fr. Gr. a grain + NL. bacterium.
So called from its round shape.] (Biol.) One of the round variety of bacteria, a vegetable organism,
generally less than a thousandth of a millimeter in diameter.
(Coc"co*lite) n. [Gr. a grain, seed + -lite: cf. F. coccalite.] (Min.) A granular variety of pyroxene,
green or white in color.
(Coc"co*lith) n. [Gr. a grain, seed + -lith.] (Biol.) One of a kind of minute, calcareous bodies,
probably vegetable, often abundant in deep-sea mud.
(Coc"co*sphere) n. [Gr. a grain, seed + E. sphere.] (Biol.) A small, rounded, marine
organism, capable of braking up into coccoliths.
(||Coc*cos"te*us) n. [NL., from Gr. grain, seed + bone.] (Paleon.) An extinct genus of
Devonian ganoid fishes, having the broad plates about the head studded with berrylike tubercles.
(||Coc"cu*lus In"di*cus) n. [NL. cocculus (dim. of L. coccum kermes berry) + L.
Indicus of India.] (Bot.) The fruit or berry of the Anamirta Cocculus, a climbing plant of the East Indies.
It is a poisonous narcotic and stimulant.
(||Coc"cus) n.; pl. Cocci [NL., fr. Gr. grain, seed. See Cochineal.]
1. (Bot.) One of the separable carpels of a dry fruit.
2. (Zoöl.) A genus of hemipterous insects, including scale insects, and the cochineal insect
3. (Biol.) A form of bacteria, shaped like a globule.
Coccygeal glands (Zoöl.) , glands situated at the base of the tail of birds. They secrete the oil with
which the plumage is dressed.
(Coc*cyg"e*al) a. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the coccyx; as, the coccygeal vertebræ.
(Coc*cyg"e*ous) a. Coccygeal. [R.]
(||Coc"cyx) n.; pl. L. Coccyges [L., cuckoo, Gr. cuckoo, coccyx. So called from its resemblance
to the beak of a cuckoo.] (Anat.) The end of the vertebral column beyond the sacrum in man and tailless
monkeys. It is composed of several vertebræ more or less consolidated.