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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He showed he like democracy and civilisation by carrying the conch everywhere.
▪ Here was an elephant that lived in an enormous conch.
▪ In the conch of the apse is a great cross within a circle and with a background of stars.
▪ Inside were grouper, dolphin fish, conch, and lobster on the bottom.
▪ Piggy first started democracy by giving a small boy the conch or right to speak.
▪ The salvagers even dove up the sluggish conch.
▪ The southern oyster drill, also called a conch, has not been a threat in Galveston Bay for years.
▪ These pretty little fish are quite often found in empty conch shells.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Conch \Conch\ (k[o^][ng]k), n. [L. concha, Gr. ko`gchh. See Coach, n.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) 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.

    Note: The conch is sometimes used as a horn or trumpet, as in fogs at sea, or to call laborers from work.

  2. In works of art, the shell used by Tritons as a trumpet.

  3. [often capitalized] 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. [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

type of shell, early 15c., from Latin concha "shellfish, mollusk," from Greek konkhe "mussel, shell," from PIE root *konkho-. The name for natives of Florida Keys since at least 1833; the prefered pronunciation there ("kongk") preserves the classical one.


n. 1 A marine gastropod of the family ''(taxlink Strombidae family noshow=1)'' which lives in its own spiral shell. 2 The shell of this sea animal. 3 A musical instrument made from a large spiral seashell. 4 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. vb. 1 To refine the flavour and texture of chocolate by warming and grinding, either in a traditional concher, or between rollers. 2 To play a conch seashell as a musical instrument, by blowing through a hole made close to the origin of the spiral.


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


Conch ( or sometimes ) is a common name that is applied to a number of different medium to large-sized sea snails or their shells. The term generally applies to large snails whose shell has a high spire and a noticeable siphonal canal (in other words, the shell comes to a noticeable point at both ends).

The group of conchs that are sometimes referred to as "true conchs" are marine gastropod molluscs in the family Strombidae, specifically in the genus Strombus and other closely related genera. For example, see Lobatus gigas, the queen conch, and Laevistrombus canarium, the dog conch.

Many other species are also often called "conch", but are not at all closely related to the family Strombidae, including Melongena species (family Melongenidae), and the horse conch Pleuroploca gigantea (family Fasciolariidae). Species commonly referred to as conchs also include the sacred chank or more correctly shankha shell ( Turbinella pyrum) and other Turbinella species in the family Turbinellidae.

Conch (people)

Conch , was originally a slang term for native Bahamians of European descent.

Conch (disambiguation)

A conch is a kind of large sea snail, especially those in the family Strombidae. Conch may also refer to:

Conch (SSH)

Conch is an implementation of the secure shell (SSH) protocol written in the Python programming language. SSH is a protocol designed to allow remote access to shells and commands. Conch can be used to implement both the client and server sides of this protocol.

By using a high-level language like Python, Conch avoids a whole class of potential security problems that implementations such as OpenSSH have to deal with. Additionally, Conch uses the Twisted networking framework to offset the need for forking or threading, resulting in a performance boost and reducing memory usage.

Conch was developed by Paul Swartz. It is interoperable with OpenSSH. Conch can be used with Unix/ Linux systems and with Microsoft Windows. It is available as part of the Twisted framework.

Conch (instrument)

Conch, or conque, also known as a "seashell horn" or "shell trumpet", is a musical instrument, a wind instrument that is made from a seashell, the shell of several different kinds of very large sea snails.

The shells of large marine gastropods are prepared by cutting a hole in the spire of the shell near the apex, and then blowing into the shell as if it were a trumpet, as in blowing horn. Sometimes a mouthpiece is used, but some shell trumpets are blown without one.

Various species of large marine gastropod shells can be turned into "blowing shells", but some of the best-known species are: the sacred chank or shankha Turbinella pyrum; the "Triton's trumpet" Charonia tritonis; and the Queen Conch Strombus gigas.

Usage examples of "conch".

They carried no fishing licenses, but had a boatload of illegal booty, including undersize and out-of-season lobster, 458 queen conchs and the remains of a rare loggerhead turtle.

Next to her was a canvas bag, a pile of bleached conchs, and some woebegone starfish.

Huge Barnett and the other Conchs had plenty to say at first, but over the years, Barnett had shut up about the gays.

It took fully two hours to collect thirty suitable conchs, and four of those might cause a lifting of Mr.

Tate should have no trouble convincing tourists that the conchs would make excellent doorstops, paperweights, or instruments through which children and guests could listen to the surging drum of distant ocean waves upon the beach.

By the time Steve had located two sufficiently large conchs, Doris, Karl, and Ted Raymond had transferred the forty-four shells to the beach, and had stood them up with spiral end toward the sun.

Steve stood his two conchs up beside the others, washed his hands in the salt water, and joined the trio at the boat.

They stopped by the dinghy long enough to stand the dozen conchs they had managed to collect upright in the sand.

The tide was particularly low, enabling Steve and Karl to locate the conchs quite easily.

Through the hot, stifling night the temple gongs boomed and the conchs roared.

Outside, the gongs and conchs brayed and thundered and the priests gashed themselves with copper knives.

Outside, the moan of the tortured thousands shuddered up to the stars which crusted the sweating Vendhyan night, and the conchs bellowed like oxen in pain.

It dangles, now, on a piece of green string: her slender index finger, reduced to bare bones but still undeniably elegant, the three phalanges from tip to the base knuckle, clinking against the little conch shells and miniature bivalve fans and trumpet shells and tiny spirals similar to the whorled homes of snails.

The boldest, darkest lines of blue and brown, ancient ideogrammatic symbols of fish, bird and conch were extended in the movement of two rounded shoulder-blades from the matt slope of the neck to their perfect centring on the indented line of spine, rippling as shadowless store lighting ran a scale down it.

The conch shell proclaiming the departure of the troops rang out over the sleeping houses of Kofu several times before the sun rose.