nounpl. conchs or conch′es
- the large, spiral, univalve shell of any of various marine mollusks
- such a mollusk, often edible
- Rom. Myth. such a shell used as a trumpet by the Tritons
- concha (sense )
- [oftenC-]Informal a longtime resident of the Florida Keys, specif. of Key West
Origin of conchMiddle English conke from Classical Latin concha from Classical Greek konch?, mussel, shell from Indo-European base an unverified form konkho- from source Sanskrit ?ankhá-, mussel
nounpl. conchs, or conch·es
- 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.
- The shell of one of these gastropod mollusks, used as an ornament, in making cameos, or as a horn.
- Anatomy See concha.
Origin of conchMiddle English conche from Old French from Latin concha mussel from Greek konkhē
(plural conches or conchs)
- A marine gastropod of the family Strombidae which lives in its own spiral shell.
- The shell of this sea animal.
- A musical instrument made from a large spiral seashell.
- A machine (rather like a rotating pestle and mortar) used to develop the flavour and texture of chocolate by warming and grinding; a concher or concher machine.
(third-person singular simple present conches, present participle conching, simple past and past participle conched)
- plural form of concha