To cockbill the anchor, to suspend it from the cathead preparatory to letting it go. See Acockbill.

(Cock"boat`) n. [See Cock a boat.] A small boat, esp. one used on rivers or near the shore.

(Cock"-brained`) a. Giddy; rash. Milton.

(Cock"chaf`er) n. [See Chafer the beetle.] (Zoöl.) A beetle of the genus Melolontha (esp. M. vulgaris) and allied genera; — called also May bug, chafer, or dorbeetle.

(Cock"crow Cock"crow`ing), n. The time at which cocks first crow; the early morning.

Cockal to Coctile

(Cock"al) n. [Etymol. uncertain.]

1. A game played with sheep's bones instead of dice [Obs.]

2. The bone used in playing the game; — called also huckle bone. [Obs.] Nares.

A little transverse bone
Which boys and bruckeled children call
(Playing for points and pins) cockal.

(Cock`a*leek"ie) n. [From cock + leek.] A favorite soup in Scotland, made from a capon highly seasoned, and boiled with leeks and prunes.

(Cock`a*ma*roo") n. The Russian variety of bagatelle.

(Cock"a*teel) n. (Zoöl.) An Australian parrot (Calopsitta Novæ-Hollandiæ); — so called from its note.

(Cock`a*too") n. [Malayan kakatua.] (Zoöl.) A bird of the Parrot family, of the subfamily Cacatuinæ, having a short, strong, and much curved beak, and the head ornamented with a crest, which can be raised or depressed at will. There are several genera and many species; as the broad-crested (Plictolophus, or Cacatua, cristatus), the sulphur-crested etc. The palm or great black cockatoo of Australia is Microglossus aterrimus.

(Cock"a*trice) n. [OF. cocatrice crocodile, F. cocatrix, cocatrice. The word is a corruption from the same source as E. crocodile, but was confused with cock the bird, F. coq, whence arose the fable that the animal was produced from a cock's egg. See Crocodile.]

1. A fabulous serpent whose breath and look were said to be fatal. See Basilisk.

That bare vowel, I, shall poison more
Than the death-darting eye of cockatrice.

2. (Her.) A representation of this serpent. It has the head, wings, and legs of a bird, and tail of a serpent.

3. (Script.) A venomous serpent which which cannot now be identified.

The weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice's [Rev. Ver. basilisk's] den.
Is. xi. 8.

4. Any venomous or deadly thing.

This little cockatrice of a king.

(Cock"bill) v. t. [See Cock to set erect.] (Naut.) To tilt up one end of so as to make almost vertical; as, to cockbill the yards as a sign of mourning.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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