concha

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

concha

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

Other Words from concha

Noun (1)

conchal \ ˈkäŋ-​kəl How to pronounce concha (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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concha. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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concha

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

Medical Definition of concha

1 : the largest and deepest concavity of the external ear

Other Words from concha

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

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