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conch


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Conch  \Conch\,  n.  [L.  concha,  Gr  ?.  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.  {S.  gigas}  is  the  large  pink  West  Indian 
  conch.  The  large  king,  queen,  and  cameo  conchs  are  of  the 
  genus  {Cassis}.  See  {Cameo}. 
 
  Note:  The  conch  is  sometimes  used  as  a  horn  or  trumpet,  as  in 
  fogs  at  sea,  or  to  call  laborers  from  work 
 
  2.  In  works  of  art,  the  shell  used  by  Tritons  as  a  trumpet. 
 
  3.  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. 
 
  4.  (Arch.)  See  {Concha},  n. 
 
  5.  The  external  ear.  See  {Concha},  n.,  2. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  conch 
  n  :  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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