conch

[kongk, konch] /kɒŋk, kɒntʃ/
noun, plural conchs
[kongks] /kɒŋks/ (Show IPA),
conches
[kon-chiz] /ˈkɒn tʃɪz/ (Show IPA)
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.
  1. a native or inhabitant of the Florida Keys.
  2. 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
Related forms
conchate
[kong-keyt, kon-cheyt] /ˈkɒŋ keɪt, ˈkɒn tʃeɪt/ (Show IPA),
conched, adjective

conch-

1.
variant of concho- before a vowel.
Example Sentences for conch
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.
The road is lined with stalls selling food, including stews made from the flesh of the conch after which the village is named.
They made instruments of anything that came to hand: conch-shells, wooden boxes, metal cups.
The ears, translucent in the low rays of the morning sun, look as if someone had systematically and neatly flattened conch shells.
For creatures desiring to eat the conch, that is a formidable fortress to breach.
The conch fritters and seafood chowder are menu favorites.
The laid-back island atmosphere mixes with island architecture such as gingerbread mansions and conch houses with tin roofs.
Starters include coconut shrimp, conch fritters, prime rib-stuffed mushrooms and fried green tomatoes.
There's a three-level pool and a restaurant with local seafood specialties that feature lobster, stone crabs and conch.
British Dictionary definitions for conch
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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Word Origin and History for conch
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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