Cockles of the Heart

To warm the cockles of one's heart, ” said of good wine. (Latin, cochleae cordis, the ventricles of the heart.)

“Fibræ quidem rectis hisce exterioribus in dextro ventriculo proxime subjectæ oblique dextrorsum ascendentes in basim cordis terminantur, et spirali suo ambitu helicem sive cochleam satis apte referunt.” —Lower: Tractatus de Corde, p. 25. (1669.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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