Definition of chank in English:

chank

(also shankh, shankha)

noun

  • 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.

verb

Regional
informal
  • with object To chew (something), especially noisily or enthusiastically; to munch. Also without object with into, on, etc.

Origin

Late 17th century. From Sanskrit śaṁkha (also with vernacular pronunciation śaṁkh) shell (of a marine mollusc), especially conch shell<br>mid 16th century; earliest use found in Arthur Golding (d. 1606), translator. Apparently a variant or alteration of champ.

Pronunciation

chank

/tʃʌŋk//tʃaŋk/