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cork  audio  (kôrk) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. The lightweight elastic outer bark of the cork oak, used especially for bottle closures, insulation, floats, and crafts.
    1. Something made of cork, especially a bottle stopper.
    2. A bottle stopper made of other material, such as plastic.
  2. A small float used on a fishing line or net to buoy up the line or net or to indicate when a fish bites.
  3. 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. Also called phellem.
TRANSITIVE VERB:
corked, cork·ing, corks
  1. To stop or seal with or as if with a cork.
  2. To restrain or check; hold back: tried to cork my anger.
  3. To blacken with burnt cork.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Dutch kurk, or Low German korck both from Spanish alcorque, cork-soled shoe, probably from Arabic dialectal al-qrq : al-, the + qrq (from Latin quercus, oak; see perkwu- in Indo-European roots)


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