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Definition of "conch" [conch]

  • Any of various tropical marine gastropod mollusks, especially of the genera Strombus and Cassis, having large, often brightly colored spiral shells and edible flesh. (noun)
  • The shell of one of these gastropod mollusks, used as an ornament, in making cameos, or as a horn. (noun)
  • Anatomy See concha. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "conch" in a sentence
  • "The (uncooked, freshly killed) conch is then scored and chopped."
  • "The jewelry is done in conch and other shells and is finely executed."
  • "In the French title, Walcott makes poetic pun in that mer evokes the sense of both "sea" and "mother," and "o" signifies the sound blown through a conch from the sea."