\ 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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Examples of conch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Outsiders are forbidden to own property or harvest conch and lobster. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 On a table filled with cookout staples like macaroni and cheese, there was a pot of conch, oxtail and smoked pork; red rice with sausage; chili with pork sausage. New York Times, 7 Mar. 2022 Airy, mournful notes sound from conch shells being blown, and the river erupts into action. Tim Neville, Outside Online, 13 Aug. 2020 This cruise boards Celebrity Summit in Miami and heads to Nassau, Bahamas for a day of relaxing beaches, duty-free shopping, swimming with dolphins, and dining on local specialty, conch fritters. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 8 Dec. 2021 For the past two years, the former home of Dania Beach Grill, once popular for its conch fritters, live music and cheap beer, had become a place to avoid. Phillip Valys,, 15 Nov. 2021 There’s a conch shell trumpet from Mexico and a cornet owned by Louis Armstrong’s teacher. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 10 Mar. 2022 Despite not providing a parasite destruction letter for its conch during their second visit on Sept. 23 — considered a big violation —inspectors let Hook off the hook and reopened the restaurant that day. Phillip Valys,, 27 Sep. 2021 Since, tourists have converged there to snap photos, deface it, buy conch shells, gaze out toward Cuba or celebrate the thrill of reaching a significant spot on the map. Jeff Kleinman,, 9 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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6 May 2022

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“Conch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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\ 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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