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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Definitions for Cockaigne

  1. An imaginary land of ease and luxury.

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Citations for Cockaigne
Outside, in the dark, a wobbly patch of life upon the blue snow, the deer perhaps browsed, her soft blob of a nose rapturously sunk in the chilly winter greenery, her modest brain-stem steeped in some dream of a Cockaigne for herbivores. John Updike, Toward the End of Time
Everyone was seeking renewal, a golden century, a Cockaigne of the spirit. Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum
Origin of Cockaigne
Cockaigne comes from Middle English cokaygne, from Middle French (pais de) cocaigne "(land of) plenty," ultimately adapted or derived from a word meaning "cake."