See also: Conch

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Etymology edit

From Latin concha, from Ancient Greek κόγχη (kónkhē). Doublet of concha.

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  • IPA(key): /kɒnt͡ʃ/, /kɒŋk/
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  • Rhymes: -ɒntʃ, -ɒŋk

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conch (plural conches or conchs)

  1. A marine gastropod of the family Strombidae which lives in its own spiral shell.
  2. The shell of this sea animal.
  3. A musical instrument made from a large spiral seashell, somewhat like a trumpet.
  4. (architecture) The semidome of an apse, or the apse itself.
  5. Synonym of concher (machine used to refine the flavour and texture of chocolate)

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conch (third-person singular simple present conches, present participle conching, simple past and past participle conched)

  1. To refine the flavour and texture of chocolate by warming and grinding, either in a traditional concher, or between rollers.
  2. To play a conch seashell as a musical instrument, by blowing through a hole made close to the origin of the spiral.

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