Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who collects shells, especially for the purpose of scientific study.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who studies, or is versed in, conchology.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One versed in conchology.
  • n. A name of the carrier-shells (family Phoridœ), from their often attaching other shells to the margins of their whorls as they grow. Also called mineralogist. See cut under carrier-shell.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a collector and student of mollusc shells

Etymologies

conchology +‎ -ist (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A self-proclaimed master in the art of harnessing the energy of crystals, Kanti says he is also a respected numismatist (a student of money), chromotherapist (a color healer) and conchologist (a shell collector).

    The Fruit Hunters

  • We have much pleasure in naming this noble Physa after Dr. Newcomb, the distinguished American conchologist, who has contributed so much, by his researches in the Sandwich Islands, to our knowledge of the genus Helicter or Achatinella.

    The Journals of John McDouall Stuart

  • Incidentally, this appears to be the scan of the personal copy of the American malacologist conchologist?

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • Though certain species of molluscs have their respective habitats, and that which is considered rare in one part may be common in another, there are few which have not a general interest for the scientific conchologist.

    My Tropic Isle

  • The conchologist builds his cabinet whilst as yet he has few shells.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January, 1862

  • Of all places in the Philippines Cebú will please the conchologist.

    The Philippine Islands

  • The next day found us again installed at our old quarters in Palermo, where, during our brief remaining stay, we visit a conchologist, before which event we had no notion that Sicily was so rich in shells.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 56, No. 345, July, 1844

  • Europe, is Italian; _porcellana_ being in that language the name of those univalve shells forming the genus _cypraea_ of the conchologist, which have a high arched back like that of the hog (_porco_, Ital.), and are remarkable for the white, smooth, vitreous glossiness of the surface about the mouth of the shell, and sometimes, as in the common cowry (_Cypraea moneta_), over the whole surface.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 19, No. 548, May 26, 1832

  • Then follow some quips on the shell question (currency), and Mr. Secretary Perriwinkle, the most eminent conchologist, and the "debt" of the richest nation in the world; although, "a golden pyramid, with a base as big as the whole earth and an apex touching the heavens, would not supply sufficient metal to satisfy the creditors."

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 12, No. 322, July 12, 1828

  • Two of the assistants, the ornithologist and the conchologist, had to go home after a short time to recover from its effects.

    Runner of the Mountain Tops: The Life of Louis Agassiz

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