concha

1
[ kong-kuh ]
/ ˈkɒŋ kə /

noun, plural con·chae [kong-kee] /ˈkɒŋ ki/.

Anatomy.
  1. a shell-like structure, especially the external ear.
  2. any turbinate bone, especially in the nose.
Architecture. conch(def 5).

Nearby words

  1. concessioner,
  2. concessive,
  3. concessively,
  4. conch,
  5. conch-,
  6. concha auriculae,
  7. concha sphenoidalis,
  8. conchfish,
  9. conchi-,
  10. conchie

Origin of concha

1
1605–15; < New Latin, Latin: conch

Related formscon·chal, adjective

concha

2
[ kong-kuh ]
/ ˈkɒŋ kə /

noun, plural con·chae [kong-kee] /ˈkɒŋ ki/.

a disk, traditionally of hammered silver and resembling a shell or flower, used as decoration on belts, harness, etc.

Origin of concha

2
< American Spanish, Spanish < Late Latin conchula, diminutive of Latin concha concha1, conch

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British Dictionary definitions for conchae

concha

/ (ˈkɒŋkə) /

noun plural -chae (-kiː)

any bodily organ or part resembling a shell in shape, such as the external ear
Also called: conch architect the half dome of an apse
Derived Formsconchal, adjective

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Medicine definitions for conchae

concha

[ kŏngkə ]

n. pl. con•chae (-kē′)

Any of various structures, such as the external ear, that resemble a shell in shape.
Related formsconchal (-kəl) adj.


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