\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Conch Shell Drop in Key West, Florida In Key West, a bar is celebrating its 27th year of dropping a giant conch shell. Sarah Brookbank,, "From possums to potatoes, here are the weird things people are 'dropping' on New Year's Eve," 31 Dec. 2019 The tourist vibe was punctuated by oversized bags and conch shell earrings. Washington Post, "Miami Beach scene inspires Dior’s first US runway show," 4 Dec. 2019 The sound of a bellowing conch shell announces the arrival of fishermen’s daily catch each morning in St. Thomas, and Bastille Day in Frenchtown starts the same way. Meghan Miner Murray, National Geographic, "9 Bastille Day bashes that celebrate French culture," 12 July 2019 He was first introduced to the island by his wife of 52 years Carmen (Avila) a third generation conch., "Deaths in Central Florida: 9/27," 27 Sep. 2019 Within the first two minutes of the first episode, a woman is blowing into a conch. Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "Netflix just made the worst TV show of all time," 19 Sep. 2019 And a few doors down, a towering shaman-like figure wreathed in strings of multicolored beads cradles a conch close to his mouth, eyes closed. Globe Staff,, "For public art in the Boston area, competing interests and big questions," 27 July 2019 Then on Sunday afternoon, Gronkowski had another cryptic post on his Facebook account, posting a 2016 video created by Tom Brady’s social media operations of the quarterback blowing into a conch shell to ‘assemble’ Patriots receivers., "Gronk posted two videos of him speaking about the announcement on his Instagram story Saturday night, saying that he plans to make the announcement back on Instagram on Tuesday at 9 a.m.," 17 Nov. 2019 Some blew conch shells, a traditional Hindu signal of triumph. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "India’s Supreme Court clears way for a Hindu temple at country’s most disputed religious site," 9 Nov. 2019

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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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“Conch.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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