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[kongk, kawngk]
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noun Mycology.
  1. the shelflike fruiting body of certain wood-decaying fungi; bracket.
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Origin of conk3

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; of obscure origin
Related formsconk·y, adjective
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  1. to strike (someone) a blow, esp on the head or nose
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  1. a punch or blow, esp on the head or nose
  2. the head or (esp Brit and NZ) the nose
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Word Origin

C19: probably changed from conch
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Word Origin and History for conky



as in conk out, 1918, coined by World War I airmen, perhaps in imitation of the sound of a stalling motor, reinforced by conk (v.) "hit on the head," originally "punch in the nose" (1821), from conk (n.), slang for "nose" (1812), perhaps from fancied resemblance to a conch (pronounced "conk") shell.

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