conch

[kongk, konch]
noun, plural conchs [kongks] , conches [kon-chiz] .
1.
the spiral shell of a gastropod, often used as a horn.
2.
any of various marine gastropods.
3.
the fabled shell trumpet of the Tritons.
4.
(often initial capital letter) Slang: Sometimes Disparaging.
a.
a native or inhabitant of the Florida Keys.
b.
a Bahamian.
5.
Also, concha. Architecture. a smooth concave surface consisting of or resembling the interior of a semidome, as the surface of a vault, a trompe, or the head of a niche.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin concha < Greek kónchē mussel, shell

conchate [kong-keyt, kon-cheyt] , conched, adjective
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conch-

variant of concho- before a vowel.
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conch (kɒŋk, kɒntʃ)
 
n , pl conchs, conches
1.  any of various tropical marine gastropod molluscs of the genus Strombus and related genera, esp S. gigas (giant conch), characterized by a large brightly coloured spiral shell
2.  the shell of such a mollusc, used as a trumpet
3.  architect another name for concha
 
[C16: from Latin concha, from Greek konkhē shellfish]

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conch
1410, from L. concha "shellfish, mollusk," from Gk. konkhe "mussel, shell," from PIE base *konkho-. The name for natives of Florida Keys since at least 1833.
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Example sentences
Close by are a diamond-encrusted conch shell and discus, his traditional accessories.
The corners of the burial pit are marked with large conch shells.
They made instruments of anything that came to hand: conch-shells, wooden boxes, metal cups.
The road is lined with stalls selling food, including stews made from the flesh of the conch after which the village is named.
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