Pronunciation: (kôrk), [key]
1. the outer bark of an oak, Quercus suber, of Mediterranean countries, used for making stoppers for bottles, floats, etc.
2. Also called cork oak. the tree itself.
3. something made of cork.
4. a piece of cork, rubber, or the like used as a stopper, as for a bottle.
5. Angling.a small float to buoy up a fishing line or to indicate that a fish is biting.
6. Also called phellem, suber. outer tissue of bark produced by and exterior to the phellogen.
7. blow or pop one's cork, lose one's temper; release one's emotional or physical tension.

1. to provide or fit with cork or a cork.
2. to stop with or as if with a cork (often fol. by up).
3. to blacken with burnt cork.


Pronunciation: (kôrk), [key]
1. a county in Munster province, in S Republic of Ireland. 266,019; 2881 sq. mi. (7460 sq. km).
2. a seaport in and the county seat of Cork, in the S part. 136,344.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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