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From Latin concha from Ancient Greek κόγχη ‎(kónkhē, mussel), from Proto-Indo-European *kongʰ- ‎(shell, mussel).



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.
  4. A machine (rather like a rotating pestle and mortar) used to develop the flavour and texture of chocolate by warming and grinding; a concher or concher machine.

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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.