Conch

Definition of Conch

Pronunciation: kǒņk
n.1.(Zool.) A name applied to various marine univalve shells; esp. to those of the genus Strombus, which are of large size. Strombus gigas is the large pink West Indian conch. The large king, queen, and cameo conchs are of the genus Cassis. See Cameo and cameo conch.
2.In works of art, the shell used by Tritons as a trumpet.
3.One of the white natives of the Bahama Islands or one of their descendants in the Florida Keys; - so called from the commonness of the conch there, or because they use it for food.
4.(Arch.) See Concha, n.
5.The external ear. See Concha, n., 2.

Related Words

gastropod, genus Strombus, giant conch, Strombus, Strombus gigas, univalve
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