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