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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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  • I swear to you I do not know any concha—I never heard of her.

    The Firebrand S. R. Crockett
  • He took all of his unmarried children with him, and concha thought it her duty to go.

  • concha glanced at Estella and wondered if he had been mistaken.

    In Kedar's Tents Henry Seton Merriman
  • But concha changed the money cheerfully and earned my gratitude.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • The officer trembled, and began an explanation, pointing to concha and La Giralda, both of whom stood for a moment motionless.

    The Firebrand S. R. Crockett
  • Mercedes, gentle and simple, had become the friend, almost the sister of concha.

    Last of the Incas Gustave Aimard
  • "You will not go away," said concha quietly, certain of her power.

    Woman Triumphant Vicente Blasco Ibaez
  • "Do not cry, my darling child," the father said to concha, as she burst into tears.

    Last of the Incas Gustave Aimard
  • General concha and the others denied the authority of the court, and demanded to be sent for trial to Buenos Aires.

    Ponce de Leon William Pilling
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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