(kôrk) KEY NOUN:
TRANSITIVE VERB: corked
- The lightweight elastic outer bark of the cork oak, used especially for bottle closures, insulation, floats, and crafts.
- Something made of cork, especially a bottle stopper.
- A bottle stopper made of other material, such as plastic.
- A small float used on a fishing line or net to buoy up the line or net or to indicate when a fish bites.
- Botany A nonliving, water-resistant protective tissue that is formed on the outside of the cork cambium in the woody stems and roots of many seed plants.
- To stop or seal with or as if with a cork.
- To restrain or check; hold back: tried to cork my anger.
- To blacken with burnt cork.
Middle English, from Dutch kurk
, or Low German korck
both from Spanish alcorque
, cork-soled shoe
, probably from Arabic dialectal al-qrq
(from Latin quercus
; see perkwu-
in Indo-European roots)