whelk

1
[hwelk, welk]
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noun
  1. any of several large, spiral-shelled, marine gastropods of the family Buccinidae, especially Buccinum undatum, that is used for food in Europe.

Origin of whelk

1
before 900; late Middle English, aspirated variant of Middle English welk, Old English weoloc

whelk

2
[hwelk, welk]
noun
  1. a pimple or pustule.

Origin of whelk

2
before 1000; Middle English whelke, Old English hwylca, hwelca; akin to wheal
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British Dictionary definitions for whelk

whelk

1
noun
  1. any carnivorous marine gastropod mollusc of the family Buccinidae, of coastal waters and intertidal regions, having a strong snail-like shell

Word Origin for whelk

Old English weoloc; related to Middle Dutch willok, Old Norse vil entrails

whelk

2
noun
  1. a raised lesion on the skin; wheal
Derived Formswhelky, adjective

Word Origin for whelk

Old English hwylca, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for whelk
n.

large marine snail, Old English weoloc, wioloc, from Proto-Germanic *weluka- (cf. Middle Dutch willoc, Dutch wulk), perhaps from PIE root *wel- "to turn, revolve" (see volvox; cf. also volute). The spelling with wh- dates from 15c.

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whelk in Medicine

whelk

[wĕlk]
n.
  1. An inflamed swelling, such as a pimple or pustule.
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