Conch ( /ˈkɒŋk/ or /ˈkɒntʃ/) is a common name that is applied to a number of different medium to large-sized sea snails or their shells. The term generally applies to large sea snails that have a high spire and a siphonal canal (comes to a point at both ends of the shell).

True conches are marine gastropod molluscs in the family Strombidae, specifically in the genus Strombus and other closely related genera such as Eustrombus.

Many species also are often called "conch", but are not in the family Strombidae, including Melongena species (family Melongenidae), and the horse conch Pleuroploca gigantea (family Fasciolariidae). They also include the sacred chank or more correctly shankha shell (Turbinella pyrum) and other Turbinella species in the family Turbinellidae.

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Famous quotes containing the word conch:

    they know me,
    they help me unravel,
    they listen with ears made of conch shells,
    they speak back with the wine of the best region.
    They are my staff.
    They comfort me.
    Anne Sexton (1928–1974)