\ ˈkäŋk, ˈkänch, ˈkȯŋk \
plural conchs\ ˈkäŋks , ˈkȯŋks \ or conches\ ˈkän-​chəz \

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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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 At a stall near the beach, surrounded by fierce posters of the Ten Commandments, a craftsman has worked his way through a huge stack of conch shells, grinding them into small sculptures and jewelry. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018 But there’s a moment, right before sundown, when the deep note of the conch sounds, and an ancient calm settles over the golden curve of sand. The Seattle Times, "Winter getaway: Stay and play in Kaanapali, Maui," 15 Aug. 2018 Add the stock, stir in the ground conch and potatoes and bring to a simmer. Claire Perez,, "Ernie's is gone, but memories of its conch chowder endure," 10 Mar. 2018 Besides the lobster, grouper, and other fresh-caught fish, the local specialty is conch. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Vacation Like the Royal Family in the Bahamas," 30 Aug. 2018 This retro watering hole is the birthplace of the rummy coconuty Painkiller, and serves favorites like conch fritters and coconut shrimp for dinner. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Where to eat on the beach in the Caribbean," 8 June 2018 Team Turks and Caicos with its conch and local rum was a hit at Caribbean305 party in 2017 that accompanied the annual Taste of the Caribbean competition in June in Miami. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "'Hands up, utensils down.' Who will be named Caribbean top chef?," 21 June 2018 Though visually similar, the conch is sweeter and cleaner, while the beef offers a more savory, complex bite. Lillian Li, Bon Appetit, "We Like Our Crispy Intestines Extra Crispy," 6 June 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, 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, ˈkänch, ˈkȯŋk\
plural conchs\ ˈkäŋks, ˈkȯŋks \ or conches\ ˈkän-​chəz \

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to gather or build up little by little

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