\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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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 This is much more my speed—way better than conch jokes or spending more than 20 minutes with Garrett. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelorette Season 14 Episode 7 Recap: One of Becca's Guys Just Revealed a 'Big Secret'," 9 July 2018 Activities also include digging for volcanic rock and abalone, conch and other seashells at a table of black sand that’s reminiscent of beaches on Maui. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "9 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 Between jokes about Colton’s big conch, Colton finally manages to tell Becca his big secret. Melissa Locker, Time, "The Bachelorette Recap: Becca Hopes That Love Will Find Her in the Bahamas," 10 July 2018 Look for conch graded No.1, the most desirable, with the membranes removed. Claire Perez,, "Claire’s tip of the week: Where to purchase ground conch," 4 May 2018 First, Colton and Becca go on a catamaran and dive for conches. Rebecca Farley,, "The Bachelorette Season 14, Episode 7 Recap: Becca Picks A Supreme Court Nominee," 10 July 2018 The beef comes out thinly sliced, topped with cilantro and crushed peanuts, and the conch is cut into tender chunks mixed with slivers of fresh scallion. 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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