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noun, plural con·chae [kong-kee] /ˈkɒŋ ki/.
  1. Anatomy.
    1. a shell-like structure, especially the external ear.
    2. any turbinate bone, especially in the nose.
  2. Architecture. conch(def 5).
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Origin of concha1

1605–15; < New Latin, Latin: conch
Related formscon·chal, adjective


noun, plural con·chae [kong-kee] /ˈkɒŋ ki/.
  1. a disk, traditionally of hammered silver and resembling a shell or flower, used as decoration on belts, harness, etc.
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Origin of concha2

< American Spanish, Spanish < Late Latin conchula, diminutive of Latin concha concha1, conch
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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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for concha


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


n. pl. con•chae (-kē′)
  1. Any of various structures, such as the external ear, that resemble a shell in shape.
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Related formsconchal (-kəl) adj.
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