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cork (kɔːk)
1.  the thick light porous outer bark of the cork oak, used widely as an insulator and for stoppers for bottles, casks, etc
2.  a piece of cork or other material used as a stopper
3.  an angling float
4.  botany Also called: phellem a protective layer of dead impermeable cells on the outside of the stems and roots of woody plants, produced by the outer layer of the cork cambium
5.  made of corkRelated: suberose
6.  to stop up (a bottle, cask, etc) with or as if with a cork; fit with a cork
7.  (often foll by up) to restrain: to cork up the emotions
8.  to black (the face, hands, etc) with burnt cork
Related: suberose
[C14: probably from Arabic qurq, from Latin cortex bark, especially of the cork oak]

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