Definition of Conch

1. Noun. Any of various edible tropical marine gastropods of the genus Strombus having a brightly-colored spiral shell with large outer lip.

Generic synonyms: Gastropod, Univalve
Group relationships: Genus Strombus, Strombus
Specialized synonyms: Giant Conch, Strombus Gigas

Definition of Conch

1. n. A name applied to various marine univalve shells; esp. to those of the genus Strombus, which are of large size. S. gigas is the large pink West Indian conch. The large king, queen, and cameo conchs are of the genus Cassis. See Cameo.

Definition of Conch

1. Noun. A marine mollusc of the family ''Strombidae'' which lives in its own spiral shell. ¹

2. Noun. The shell of this sea animal. ¹

3. Noun. A musical instrument made from a large spiral seashell. ¹

4. Noun. 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. ¹

5. Verb. To refine the flavour and texture of chocolate by warming and grinding, either in a traditional concher, or between rollers. ¹

6. Verb. To play a conch seashell as a musical instrument, by blowing through a hole made close to the origin of the spiral. ¹

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Definition of Conch

1. a marine mollusk [n -S or -ES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Conch

concessions stand
concessions stands
conch (current term)
concha auriculae
concha bullosa
concha nasalis inferior
concha nasalis media
concha nasalis superior
concha nasalis suprema
concha of ear
conchae sphenoidales
conchal cartilage
conchal crest
conchal crest of maxilla

Literary usage of Conch

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The English Illustrated Magazine (1905)
"Charlie thought for a moment, and then began the story of THE RACE BETWEEN BROTHER HORSE AND BROTHER. conch. ' Once 'poh.a time was a berry good time, ..."

2. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1889)
"De conch knowed dat de Loggerhead could beat 'im walkin' 'so de conch ... De first mark de Loggerhead get to 'e meet a conch dere, takin' it to be de one ..."

3. A History of British Mollusca and Their Shells by Edward Forbes, Sylvanus Charles Thorp Hanley (1853)
"BOWDICH, Elements conch. pt . 2. Bivalves, f. 90.—MAWE, Linn. conchology, pi. l5, f. ... Marine conch. p. l20.—BROWN, Illust. conch. GB p. 70, pi. 46, f. 5. ..."

4. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College by Museum of Comparative Zoology, John E. Cadle, Harvard University (1894)
"From Exuma Harbor we steamed northward to conch Cut, keeping as close as was ... Passing through conch Cut to enter upon the bank on our way to Green Cay, ..."

5. American Journal of Conchology by George Washington Tryon, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia Conchological Section (1871)
"M. acutissima, von dem Busch., Mall. Blatt. 1858, p. 33, Reeve, conch. Icon. f. ... Melania cincta, Lea, var. in Reeve, conch. Icon. Errata. ..."

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