Coquille versus Coquillage

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Coquille versus Coquillage

Could you explain why «coquille» is not accepted for "shell"? In LaRousse, «coquillage» appears to primarily mean the group of animals, and can refer to only the soft living part inside the shell. Indeed the first definition of «coquillage» is «Mollusque revêtu d'une coquille».

https://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais/coquillage/19198

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Jessica, 

I can see your point but you wouldn't be looking for 'coquilles' on a beach but 'coquillages'.

Take a look at the following page which describes the difference well I think -

https://regardsurlefrancais.com/2021/11/08/coquille-ou-coquillage%E2%80%89/

 

Hope it helps!

Jessica asked:View original

Coquille versus Coquillage

Could you explain why «coquille» is not accepted for "shell"? In LaRousse, «coquillage» appears to primarily mean the group of animals, and can refer to only the soft living part inside the shell. Indeed the first definition of «coquillage» is «Mollusque revêtu d'une coquille».

https://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais/coquillage/19198

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