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   What is a Conch (konk)? 

1. Conch, name for some tropical, marine gastropods having heavy, spiral shells, the whorls of which overlap each other. The typical gastropod foot is reduced in size and the horny plate (operculum) located at the end of the foot has the appearance and function of a claw. Their shells range in color from white to red. Conchs are a valuable food source.

2. Conch, island and coast dwellers are called "conch" to distinguish them from "crackers" who settle on farms in the interior. The "conchs" know the sea and live by it and love it and are seldom content to live in inland localities. (William C. Harllee)


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