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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cockle \Coc"kle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cockled; p. pr. & vb. n. Cockling.] [Of uncertian origin.] To cause to contract into wrinkles or ridges, as some kinds of cloth after a wetting. [1913 Webster] Cockling sea, waves dashing against each other with a short and quick motion. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. [1913 Webster]