- any of several large, spiral-shelled, marine gastropods of the family Buccinidae, especially Buccinum undatum, that is used for food in Europe.
Origin of whelk1
before 900; late Middle English, aspirated variant of Middle English welk, Old English weoloc
- a pimple or pustule.
Origin of whelk2
before 1000; Middle English whelke, Old English hwylca, hwelca; akin to wheal
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Examples from the Web for whelk
And another young devil yelled, "The Whelk's brought a pet with him!"The Longest Journey
E. M. Forster
But the fact is that the eggs of the whelk are just like those of the frog.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History
The whelk shell (Fig. 482) appears in the arms of Storey and Wilkinson.A Complete Guide to Heraldry
Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
Like the whelk, he loves the bivalve mollusk, but does not bore for it.A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed.
William Chauncey Bartlett
The whelk had no idea how to teach any one, so the subject dropped.The Ravens and the Angels
Elizabeth Rundle Charles
- any carnivorous marine gastropod mollusc of the family Buccinidae, of coastal waters and intertidal regions, having a strong snail-like shell
Old English weoloc; related to Middle Dutch willok, Old Norse vil entrails
- a raised lesion on the skin; wheal
Old English hwylca, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for whelk
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An inflamed swelling, such as a pimple or pustule.
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