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


  • (Vedic) IPA(key): /ɕɐŋ.kʰɐ́/
  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈɕɐŋ.kʰɐ/
  • Noun[edit]

    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)

    Derived terms[edit]



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