\ ˈkäŋk How to pronounce conch (audio) , ˈkänch, ˈkȯŋk How to pronounce conch (audio) \
plural conchs\ ˈkäŋks How to pronounce conchs (audio) , ˈkȯŋks \ or conches\ ˈkän-​chəz How to pronounce conches (audio) \

Definition of conch

1 : any of various large spiral-shelled marine gastropod mollusks (as of the genus Strombus) also : its shell used especially for cameos
2 often disparaging : a native or resident of the Florida Keys

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Eels, sea cucumbers, queen conchs, marine turtles, some corals, sturgeons, and sea horses were also added to the list. The Christian Science Monitor, "role of unions in the 2020 election," 29 Aug. 2019 Several years into the millennial-pink phenomenon, that tender queen-conch color still has us in its grip. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "Rosé Berries Have Arrived," 11 Aug. 2019 Her daughter Mamie told me that Melvin and Licurtis had revelled in the land as kids, playing among the inky eels and conch shells. Lizzie Presser, ProPublica, "The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.," 15 July 2019 Definitely eat the steak frites in Paris or the conch fritters in the Bahamas. Stephanie Emma Pfeffer,, "Experts Share Their Best Tips on How to Avoid Vacation Weight Gain," 6 June 2019 Their shared chord of conch-shell pink, marigold, aqua, and ivory, evoking the skies of Tiepolo’s Italy as much as of the Hamptons, is so distinctive as to strongly suggest that the two paintings were part of a single gestation process. Stephen Ellis, The New York Review of Books, "Willem de Kooning: Acrobat with a Paint Brush," 1 June 2019 But shrimp feels like a hybrid of the conch shell and cherry craze. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "The Next Big 2019 Fashion Trend Is... Shrimp?," 12 Apr. 2019 The acupuncture has worked its magic and my skin gleams like a conch shell, but my true moment of genuine wellness arrives not in Eden’s annex but on my last morning at sea, before the sun comes up. Sloane Crosley, Vogue, "All Aboard the Good Ship Self-Care," 12 Mar. 2019 Jewelry made from conch shells, silvery mother-of-pearl, and orange and purple thorny oysters traveled along trade routes as far north as Mexico and as far south as the Andes. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The skulls of ancient pearl divers come with abnormal ear canal bone growths," 28 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of conch

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conch

Middle English, from Latin concha mussel, mussel shell, from Greek konchē; akin to Sanskrit śaṅkha conch shell

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English Language Learners Definition of conch

: a type of shellfish that lives in a large shell which has the form of a spiral also : the shell of a conch


\ ˈkäŋk How to pronounce conch (audio) , ˈkänch, ˈkȯŋk\
plural conchs\ ˈkäŋks , ˈkȯŋks \ or conches\ ˈkän-​chəz \

Kids Definition of conch

: a very large sea snail with a tall thick spiral shell


\ ˈkäŋk How to pronounce conch (audio) , ˈkänch How to pronounce conch (audio) , ˈkȯŋk\
plural conchs\ ˈkäŋks, ˈkȯŋks How to pronounce conchs (audio) \ or conches\ ˈkän-​chəz How to pronounce conches (audio) \

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