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[hweel, weel] /ʰwil, wil/
a small, burning or itching swelling on the skin, as from a mosquito bite or from hives.
a wale or welt.
Also, weal.
Origin of wheal
before 900; akin to whelk2 and to obsolete wheal (v.), Old English hwelian to suppurate, develop wheals Unabridged
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  • Can you really see all these places at once from wheal Dooem?

  • They were 60, 63, and 70 inch cylinders at Dolcoath and wheal Chance.

  • The wheal Grenville and Newton mines were stopped for want of coal for some days.

  • "Picked 'en up in a wheal, your reverent," answered Brightly.

    Furze the Cruel John Trevena
  • I picked 'en up in the wheal, and reckoned they'd been thrown away.

    Furze the Cruel John Trevena
  • You mean to say then that you succeed to something in wheal Carnac.

    The Vicar's People George Manville Fenn
  • I was there this morning, and I heard that wheal Carnac was flooded.

    The Vicar's People George Manville Fenn
  • He had worked previously in the neighbouring mine, wheal Owles, and had gone to Botallack the month before.

  • At wheal Vor Mine an unaccountable noise has been generally supposed to be a warning.

    The Ghost World

    T. F. Thiselton (Thomas Firminger Thiselton) Dyer
  • Yet at wheal Owles, in 1892, eighteen men lost their lives through the flooding of the workings.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
British Dictionary definitions for wheal


a variant spelling of weal1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wheal

"mark made on the skin by a whip," 1808, perhaps an alteration of wale, possibly by confusion with weal "welt," and obsolete wheal "pimple, pustule" (mid-15c.), from Old English verb hwelian "to form pus, bring to a head."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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wheal in Medicine

wheal (wēl)
A small swelling on the skin, as from an insect bite, that usually itches or burns. Also called welt.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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