- 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)
The Wheal Grenville and Newton mines were stopped for want of coal for some days.The Blizzard in the West
I picked 'en up in the wheal, and reckoned they'd been thrown away.
"Picked 'en up in a wheal, your reverent," answered Brightly.
- 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