- the spiral shell of a gastropod, often used as a horn.
- any of various marine gastropods.
- the fabled shell trumpet of the Tritons.
- (often initial capital letter) Slang: Sometimes Disparaging.
- a term used to refer to a native or inhabitant of the Florida Keys.
- a term used to refer to a Bahamian.
- Also concha. Architecture. a smooth concave surface consisting of or resembling the interior of a semidome, as the surface of a vault, a trompe, or the head of a niche.
Origin of conch
- variant of concho- before a vowel.
Examples from the Web for conch
But when it comes to eating a meal, all you know for sure is that it will be colorful, high-flavored, and Conch in character.A Magical Meal at Louie’s Backyard in the Conch Republic
Jane & Michael Stern
July 13, 2014
By day, they snorkeled for conch and paddled in the pool in inner tubes.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon
Robert Sam Anson
March 1, 2014
All around her is a jubilant crescendo: conch shells blowing, drums beating, a celebratory vapor of green powder everywhere.Mamata Banerjee, India's Political Superwoman
May 18, 2011
At Conch, by this time, the mail-boat would be due on the southward trip.
They caught the Black Eagle at anchor in Conch that evening.
A conch shell was kept at the spring, some distance from the house.Stories Of Georgia
Joel Chandler Harris
Paul started to his feet from the conch on which he had thrown himself.
No,” said Thérèse, from the conch, “I will go nowhere with you.
- any of various tropical marine gastropod molluscs of the genus Strombus and related genera, esp S. gigas (giant conch), characterized by a large brightly coloured spiral shell
- the shell of such a mollusc, used as a trumpet
- architect another name for concha (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for conch
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.