noun (1)
con·​cha | \ ˈkäŋ-kə How to pronounce concha (audio) \
plural conchae\ ˈkäŋ-​ˌkē How to pronounce conchae (audio) , -​ˌkī \

Definition of concha

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the plain semidome of an apse
b : apse
2 : something shaped like a shell especially : the largest and deepest concavity of the external ear


noun (2)
con·​cha | \ ˈkän-chə How to pronounce concha (audio) \
variants: or less commonly concho \ ˈkän-​(ˌ)chō How to pronounce concho (audio) \

Definition of concha (Entry 2 of 2)

: an ornamental disk (as on clothing or tack) of American Indian origin featuring a shell or flower design

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Noun (1)

conchal \ ˈkäŋ-​kəl How to pronounce conchal (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of concha

Noun (1)

circa 1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for concha

Noun (1)

Italian & Latin; Italian conca semidome, apse, from Late Latin concha, from Latin, shell

Noun (2)

American Spanish concha, from Spanish, shell, from Late Latin conchula, diminutive of Latin concha

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“Concha.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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con·​cha | \ ˈkäŋ-kə also ˈkȯŋ- \
plural conchae\ -​ˌkē, -​ˌkī How to pronounce conchae (audio) \

Medical Definition of concha

1 : the largest and deepest concavity of the external ear

Other Words from concha

conchal \ -​kəl How to pronounce conchal (audio) \ adjective

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