conch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n conch any of various edible tropical marine gastropods of the genus Strombus having a brightly-colored spiral shell with large outer lip
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Conch (Zoöl) 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.
    • Conch In works of art, the shell used by Tritons as a trumpet.
    • Conch 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.
    • Conch (Arch) See Concha n.
    • Conch The external ear. See Concha n., 2.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n conch A shell of any kind.
    • n conch Specifically, a large marine shell, especially that of the Strombus gigas, sometimes called fountain-shell, from its use in gardens. Conchs have been much used as instruments of call, producing a very loud sound when blown. Often called conch-shell.
    • n conch A spiral shell fabled to have been used by the Tritons as a trumpet, probably of the kind now constituting the genus Triton, and used as a musical instrument in the South Sea islands. Also conch-shell.
    • n conch A trumpet in the form of a sea-shell. Also called Triton's-horn.
    • n conch The external portion of the ear; the concha.
    • n conch In architecture, the plain, ribless, concave surface of a vault or pendentive; the semidome of an apse; the apse itself. See apse. Also called concha.
    • n conch [Also written conk, conck. konk.] One of the lower class of inhabitants of the Bahamas, and of the keys on the Florida reef: so named from their extensive use of the flesh from conchs as food.
    • n conch One of an inferior class of white inhabitants of some parts of North Carolina.
    • n conch In the cephalopod mollusks, the postembryonic shell: contrasted with protoconch or embryonal shell, and with shell, a term which loosely covers the entire external skeleton.
    • n conch The whelk, Fulgur carica
    • n conch the helmet-shell, Cassis.
    • n conch In Roman antiquity, the name for various small vessels used for oil, salt, etc.
    • n conch Same as conk.
    • n conch Abbreviations of conchology.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Conch kongk a marine shell: a spiral shell used by the Tritons as a trumpet, and still used by some African peoples in war: a name for the native whites of the Bahamas, owing to their use of conchs as food:
    • n Conch kongk (archit.) the semidome of an apse; the apse itself
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. concha, Gr. ko`gchh. See Coach (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. concha—Gr. kongchē; Sans. cankha, a shell; conn. with Cockle.

Usage

In literature:

It was all of nine o'clock when Jack got the three boats in line, and had Jimmie toot his conch shell horn as a starting signal.
"Motor Boat Boys Mississippi Cruise" by Louis Arundel
I jes put her into my mind a-goin' into your parlor and sayin' that conch-shells was jes what she liked on mantelpieces.
"John Gayther's Garden and the Stories Told Therein" by Frank R. Stockton
On a sudden, a conch-shell was sounded by the chief.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
The conch-shell sounded for tea, at the same moment, and in a high state of excitement, every body talking their loudest we all adjourned.
"Yr Ynys Unyg" by Julia de Winton
Paul started to his feet from the conch on which he had thrown himself.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
Snail built up just like a conch (whelk).
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Another bore a resemblance to a great conch-shell.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
Among the effects placed in your sea chest you will find a conch shell.
"Mr. Wicker's Window" by Carley Dawson
I'd say," he added, "t' put back t' Conch.
"Billy Topsail & Company" by Norman Duncan
The old conch fishermen had never heard the name.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
And a little further, at the borders of Malie itself, we found the guard making a music of bugles and conches.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Next day, I had the conch sounded and all hands out before sunrise.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The conch will soon be blowing for dinner.
"The Redskins; or, Indian and Injin, Volume 1." by James Fenimore Cooper
It was clear sand, with no sign of life other than an occasional conch or other shellfish.
"The Wailing Octopus" by Harold Leland Goodwin
The conch shell appears to have been a favorite model, especially in its modified form, Fig.
"Ancient Pottery of the Mississippi Valley" by William H. Holmes
Large spiral conchs have been from early times used as a form of trumpet, emitting a very loud sound.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
Runtees are made of the conch shell as the peak is, only the shape is flat and round like a cheese, and drilled edge ways.
"The History of Virginia, in Four Parts" by Robert Beverley
Their course is this: they present themselves at the entrance of each tent, and thrice sound a marine conch.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 2 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
Many uttered joyful cries or blew on trumpets and conch-shells.
"The Book of Buried Treasure" by Ralph D. Paine
They marched up and down the main street, singing and laughing and blowing conch shells.
"Pioneering in Cuba" by James Meade Adams
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In poetry:

'"Fish I sent you, sent you turtle,
Chip-chip, conch, flamingo red,
Woodland paui, horned screamer,
And blue ramier overhead.
"The Legend of La Brea" by Charles Kingsley
White-robed priests around her kneeling,
Ibis-banner floating high,
Conchs, and drums, and sistrals pealing,
And Sesostris standing nigh.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Sudden conch o'er the wave ringeth!
Ere the date-leaves cease to snake,
All, that hath existence, springeth
Into broad light, wide-awake.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Mere conchs! not fit for warp or woof!
Till cunning come to pound and squeeze
And clarify,—-refine to proof
The liquor filtered by degrees,
While the world stands aloof.
"Popularity" by Robert Browning
With conch-shells blowing and fish-horns' twang.
Over and over the Maenads sang:
"Here's Flud Oirson, fur his horrd horrt,
Torr'd an' futherr'd an' corr'd in a corrt
By the women o' Morble'ead!"
"Skipper Ireson's Ride" by John Greenleaf Whittier
His mother's cabin home, that lay
Where feathery cocoas fring'd the bay;
The dashing of his brethren's oar,
The conch-note heard along the shore;–
All thro' his wakening bosom swept:
He clasp'd his country's Tree and wept!
"The Palm-Tree" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans

In news:

Lovey 's makes spicy, cilantro-flecked chicken, conch, goat, veggie, and even beef.
Even more of an enticement, because good conch is harder to find than a good man.
From Conch Shell to Disco" (1984) and "Folk Songs of the Canadian North Woods" (1955).
If you judge Haitian restaurants as we do -- solely on the virtue of the lambi -- then you'll agree with us that Le Pavillon is tops in conch.
Does the ocean-wave sound a conch shell makes when held to the ear come from the shell or the ear.
Senior director of business development, talks about the conch room in the old Hershey plant at 19 E Chocolate Ave during a tour on Monday.
Lady Conchs take care of business in mercy victory.
An environmental group is pushing for queen conch to disappear from restaurant menus.
Friday night, the Conch boys won, 59-56, in overtime, but on Saturday night, the Conch girls lost, 51-35.
Goldie 's Conch House.
Raquel Schoneck and Libby Isherwood scored for the Conchs, who dropped to 2-4.
It's an 'A-Conch-Alypse' in Key West as annual 10-day Fantasy Fest begins.
The Florida Keys' #1 radio station For Today's Country and The Legends 98.7 Conch Country.
ON AN ISLAND 18 miles from Mexico's southeastern shores, 30 mostly Mayan fishers prepare for a day of conch fishing.
Conchs sweep 5 opponents, five wrestlers go unbeaten.
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