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n. pl. conchs (kŏngks) or conch·es (kŏn′chĭz)
1. Any of various tropical marine gastropod mollusks chiefly of the family Strombidae, having edible flesh and a large spiral shell often with a flared lip.
2. The shell of one of these gastropod mollusks, used as an ornament, in making cameos, or as a horn.
3. Anatomy See concha.
[Middle English conche, from Old French, from Latin concha, mussel, from Greek konkhē.]
n, pl conchs (kɒŋks) or conches (ˈkɒntʃɪz)
1. (Animals) any of various tropical marine gastropod molluscs of the genus Strombus and related genera, esp S. gigas (giant conch), characterized by a large brightly coloured spiral shell
2. (Instruments) the shell of such a mollusc, used as a trumpet
3. (Architecture) architect another word for concha2
[C16: from Latin concha, from Greek konkhē shellfish]
n., pl. conchs (kɒŋks)
con•ches (ˈkɒn tʃɪz)
1. any marine gastropod mollusk of the family Strombidae, having a thick pointed spiral shell with a wide outer lip.
2. any of various similar unrelated gastropods.
3. the shell of a conch.
4. (often cap.) Sometimes Disparaging.
a. (a term used to refer to a native or inhabitant of the Florida Keys.)
b. (a term used to refer to a Bahamian.)
5. Archit. a smooth concave surface consisting of or resembling the interior of a half dome.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin concha < Greek kónchē mussel, shell]
usage: Definitions 4a and 4b are usually used as neutral nicknames or terms of self-reference, though they are sometimes used with disparaging intent.
Any of various tropical mollusks having a large spiral shell with a flared opening.
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|Noun||1.||conch - any of various edible tropical marine gastropods of the genus Strombus having a brightly-colored spiral shell with large outer lip|
gastropod, univalve - a class of mollusks typically having a one-piece coiled shell and flattened muscular foot with a head bearing stalked eyes
n große, spiralige Meeresschnecke (used as trumpet) → Trompetenschnecke f, → Tritonshorn nt (also Myth)