Main definitions of chank in English

: chank1chank2

chank1

noun

(also shankh)
  • The large spiral shell of the gastropod mollusc Turbinella rapa found in the Indian Ocean, considered sacred in Hinduism and Buddhism; (also) the gastropod itself. In later use also: the shell of any of various other molluscs of the genus Turbinella.

    In Hinduism the shell is commonly used as a ceremonial trumpet that is sounded times of worship.

Pronunciation

chank

/tʃaŋk/ /tʃʌŋk/

Origin

Late 17th century. From Sanskrit śaṁkha (also with vernacular pronunciation śaṁkh) shell (of a marine mollusc), especially conch shell.

Main definitions of chank in English

: chank1chank2

chank2

Pronunciation /tʃaŋk/

verb

informal, dialect
  • To chew (something), especially noisily or enthusiastically; to munch.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Arthur Golding (d. 1606), translator. Apparently a variant or alteration of champ.