From Proto-Indo-European *ḱon- ‎(shell). Cognate with Latin congius, Ancient Greek κόγχος ‎(kónkhos).


शङ्ख ‎(śaṅkhám, n

  1. a shell, (especially) the conch-shell (used for making libations of water or as an ornament for the arms or for the temples of an elephant ; a conch-shell perforated at one end is also used as a wind instrument or horn; in the battles of epic poetry, each hero being represented as provided with a conch-shell which serves as his horn or trumpet and of ten has a name)
  2. a particularly high number (said to equal hundred of billions)


Masculine a-stem declension of शङ्ख
Nom. sg. शङ्खः ‎(śaṅkhaḥ)
Gen. sg. शङ्खस्य ‎(śaṅkhasya)
Singular Dual Plural
Nominative शङ्खः ‎(śaṅkhaḥ) शङ्खौ ‎(śaṅkhau) शङ्खाः ‎(śaṅkhāḥ)
Vocative शङ्ख ‎(śaṅkha) शङ्खौ ‎(śaṅkhau) शङ्खाः ‎(śaṅkhāḥ)
Accusative शङ्खम् ‎(śaṅkham) शङ्खौ ‎(śaṅkhau) शङ्खान् ‎(śaṅkhān)
Instrumental शङ्खेन ‎(śaṅkhena) शङ्खाभ्याम् ‎(śaṅkhābhyām) शङ्खैः ‎(śaṅkhaiḥ)
Dative शङ्खाय ‎(śaṅkhāya) शङ्खाभ्याम् ‎(śaṅkhābhyām) शङ्खेभ्यः ‎(śaṅkhebhyaḥ)
Ablative शङ्खात् ‎(śaṅkhāt) शङ्खाभ्याम् ‎(śaṅkhābhyām) शङ्खेभ्यः ‎(śaṅkhebhyaḥ)
Genitive शङ्खस्य ‎(śaṅkhasya) शङ्खयोः ‎(śaṅkhayoḥ) शङ्खानाम् ‎(śaṅkhānām)
Locative शङ्खे ‎(śaṅkhe) शङ्खयोः ‎(śaṅkhayoḥ) शङ्खेषु ‎(śaṅkheṣu)

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Monier Monier-Williams (accessed 2008-02-04), “Sanskrit-English Dictionary”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[1]