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Cockaigne

[ko-keyn] /kɒˈkeɪn/
noun
1.
a fabled land of luxury and idleness.
Also, Cockayne.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English cokaygn(e) < Middle French (paide) cocaigne (land of) Cockaigne, idler's paradise < Middle Low German kōkenje, equivalent to kōken (see cookie) + -je diminutive suffix
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Cockaigne

/kɒˈkeɪn/
noun
1.
(medieval legend) an imaginary land of luxury and idleness
Word Origin
C14: from Old French cocaigne, from Middle Low German kōkenje small cake (of which the houses in the imaginary land are built); related to Spanish cucaña, Italian cuccagna
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Word Origin and History for Cockaigne
n.

c.1300, from Old French Cocaigne (12c.) "lubberland," imaginary country, abode of luxury and idleness. Of obscure origin, speculation centers on words related to cook (v.) and cake (cf. Middle Dutch kokenje, a child's honey-sweetened treat; also cf. Big Rock Candy Mountain). The German equivalent is Schlaraffenland.

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