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[kong-kuh] /ˈkɒŋ kə/
noun, plural conchae
[kong-kee] /ˈkɒŋ ki/ (Show IPA)
  1. a shell-like structure, especially the external ear.
  2. any turbinate bone, especially in the nose.
Architecture. conch (def 5).
Origin of concha1
1605-15; < New Latin, Latin: conch
Related forms
conchal, adjective


[kong-kuh] /ˈkɒŋ kə/
noun, plural conchae
[kong-kee] /ˈkɒŋ ki/ (Show IPA)
a disk, traditionally of hammered silver and resembling a shell or flower, used as decoration on belts, harness, etc.
< American Spanish, Spanish < Late Latin conchula, diminutive of Latin concha concha1, conch Unabridged
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  • Sometimes the helix is prolonged so as to divide the concha in two.

    Criminal Man Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
  • He took all of his unmarried children with him, and concha thought it her duty to go.

  • But concha changed the money cheerfully and earned my gratitude.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • Mercedes, gentle and simple, had become the friend, almost the sister of concha.

    Last of the Incas Gustave Aimard
  • "Do not cry, my darling child," the father said to concha, as she burst into tears.

    Last of the Incas Gustave Aimard
  • Moreno, concha, and Liniers himself, met with the same fate.

    The Guide of the Desert

    Gustave Aimard
  • From the concha we could see the white walls of the royal Villa Miramar.

    Europe from a Motor Car Russell Richardson
  • Its root should be lost in the concha before reaching the anti-helix.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • Yet when Rafael, the alcalde's son, came to the window on moonless nights, concha was there.

    The Firebrand

    S. R. Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for concha


noun (pl) -chae (-kiː)
any bodily organ or part resembling a shell in shape, such as the external ear
(architect) Also called conch. the half dome of an apse
Derived Forms
conchal, adjective
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concha in Medicine

concha con·cha (kŏng'kə)
n. pl. con·chae (-kē')
Any of various structures, such as the external ear, that resemble a shell in shape.

con'chal (-kəl) adj.
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