conch

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noun \ˈkäŋk, ˈkänch, ˈkȯŋk\

Definition of conch

plural

conchs

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conches

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  1. 1 :  any of various large spiral-shelled marine gastropod mollusks (as of the genus Strombus); also :  its shell used especially for cameos

  2. 2 often disparaging :  a native or resident of the Florida Keys

  3. 3 :  concha 2

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Origin and Etymology of conch

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

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CONCH Defined for English Language Learners

conch

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Definition of conch for English Language Learners

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


CONCH Defined for Kids

conch

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noun \ˈkäŋk, ˈkänch, ˈkȯŋk\

Definition of conch for Students

plural

conchs

\ˈkäŋks, ˈkȯŋks\ or

conches

\ˈkän-chəz\
  1. :  a very large sea snail with a tall thick spiral shell


Medical Dictionary

conch

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noun \ˈkäŋk, ˈkänch, ˈkȯŋk\

Medical Definition of conch

plural

conchs

\ˈkäŋks, ˈkȯŋks\play or

conches

\ˈkän-chəz\play
  1. :  concha 1



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