Conch Conch (k[o^][ng]k), n. [L. concha, Gr. ko`gchh. See {Coach}, n.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) A name applied to various marine univalve shells; esp. to those of the genus {Strombus}, which are of large size. {Strombus gigas} is the large pink West Indian conch. The large king, queen, and cameo conchs are of the genus {Cassis}. See {Cameo} and {cameo conch}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The conch is sometimes used as a horn or trumpet, as in fogs at sea, or to call laborers from work. [1913 Webster]

2. In works of art, the shell used by Tritons as a trumpet. [1913 Webster]

3. [often capitalized] One of the white natives of the Bahama Islands or one of their descendants in the Florida Keys; -- so called from the commonness of the conch there, or because they use it for food. [1913 Webster]

4. (Arch.) See {Concha}, n. [1913 Webster]

5. The external ear. See {Concha}, n., 2. [1913 Webster] ||

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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