Definition of conch in English:

conch

Syllabification: conch
Pronunciation: /käNGk, känCH, kôNGk
 
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noun (plural conchs /käNGks, kôNGks/ or conches /ˈkänCHiz/)

  • 1 (also conch shell) A tropical marine mollusk with a spiral shell that may bear long projections and have a flared lip.
    • Strombus and other genera, family Strombidae, class Gastropoda
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    • Raup analyzed different types of mollusk conchs in terms of their geometrical properties.
    • Earlier this month, additional protection was given under this convention to the queen conch mollusk, a popular food item famous for its enormous pink shell.
    • Seilacher has shown such a function for orthocone cephalopod conchs in the same formation.
  • 1.1A conch shell blown like a trumpet to produce a musical note, often depicted as played by Tritons and other mythological figures.
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    • I withdrew my conch, a gorgeous Triton's Trumpet, and blew into it from deep in my belly as hard as I could, just as Ralph had done to summon his fellow castaways.
    • Trumpets, conches, oboes and drums beat out a rhythm while a huge contingent of Kandyan dancers and drummers perform, their stunning period costumes adding a blaze of colour to the spectacle.
    • I'm jolted awake the next morning by the trumpeting of a conch shell.
  • 2 Architecture The roof of a semicircular apse, shaped like half a dome.
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    • This era produced hulking concrete edifices built in the form of conch shells, rocket ships, sail boats, origami figures, and circus tents.
    • The main walls of the interior are mostly built of hewn stone, the apse stones are better and the conch stones are very well-hewn.
    • This example of classic tetra conch design with all its miniature size, strikes the viewers with its grandeur and integrity.
  • 3 another term for concha.
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    • Inner conch piercing looks very similar to lobe piercing, but it is placed on the inner conch and surrounds the lower outer helix.
    • Thus the backward expanding marginal folds of the septa provide circumferential anchorage sites that firmly hold the body to the buoyant conch in addition to the few, small adductor muscles.
    • Furthermore, the conch of the specimen is more compressed and the umbilicus smaller in diameter than those of the genus Properrinites Elias, 1938.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin concha 'shellfish, shell', from Greek konkhē 'mussel, cockle, or shell-like cavity'.

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