- a small, burning or itching swelling on the skin, as from a mosquito bite or from hives.
- a wale or welt.
Origin of wheal
Examples from the Web for wheal
Can you really see all these places at once from Wheal Dooem?Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines
They were 60, 63, and 70 inch cylinders at Dolcoath and Wheal Chance.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)</p>
The Wheal Grenville and Newton mines were stopped for want of coal for some days.The Blizzard in the West
"Picked 'en up in a wheal, your reverent," answered Brightly.
I picked 'en up in the wheal, and reckoned they'd been thrown away.
- a variant spelling of weal 1
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."
- A small swelling on the skin, as from an insect bite, that usually itches or burns.welt