\ ˈkäŋk How to pronounce conch (audio) , ˈkänch, ˈkȯŋk How to pronounce conch (audio) \
plural conchs\ ˈkäŋks How to pronounce conch (audio) , ˈkȯŋks \ or conches\ ˈkän-​chəz How to pronounce conch (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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Recent Examples on the Web People always think of conch fritters and jerk food and drinking a Red Stripe with their toes curling in the sand. Will Coviello,, "Nina Compton collaborates with chefs and restaurateurs on Black History Month dinner series at Compere Lapin," 1 Feb. 2021 Hundreds more have been paralyzed in the chase for lobsters and other delicacies like conch and sea cucumbers found deep in the ocean. New York Times, "For Nicaragua’s Lobstermen, Deadly Dives Are All Too Common," 24 Jan. 2021 There’s shrimp, lobster, conch fritters, and presumably many other types of sea creatures, and everyone is duly impressed. Justin Curto, Vulture, "Below Deck Recap: Sick and Tired and Drunk," 12 Jan. 2021 The crabs became bait, in smaller numbers, for eels and conch. Tim Prudente,, "How the coronavirus vaccine relies on Maryland’s strangest fishery: horseshoe crabs," 31 Dec. 2020 Dive into the warm water and look for stingrays, barracudas, parrotfish, starfish, conch, and even turtles and sharks. Michelle Stansbury, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Turks and Caicos," 23 Dec. 2020 There was nothing quite like their ceremonies: A bellowing blast of a conch shell trumpeted the start, and then drum beats, representing Mother Earth’s heart, pounded as Sanchez’s bare feet caressed the ground. Marc Fisher, Washington Post, "Covid’s U.S. toll: Nearly 300,000 dead and a stalemate between fatalism and hope," 12 Dec. 2020 This goes especially for the cold conch in Sichuan chili oil appetizer ($14). Amy Drew Thompson,, "Numb’s the word at Taste of Chengdu’s new Baldwin Park outpost," 12 Nov. 2020 One of the works on view in the exhibition is Izquierdo’s Naturaleza Viva, or Living Nature (1946), which depicts typical Mexican produce and a conch shell in a dream-like landscape. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Defined Mexican Art in the Wake of Revolution," 27 Oct. 2020

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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 conch (audio) \ or conches\ ˈkän-​chəz How to pronounce conch (audio) \

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