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whelk

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

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

Other definitions for whelk (2 of 2)

whelk2
[ welk, hwelk ]
/ wɛlk, ʰwɛlk /

noun
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 (1 of 2)

whelk1
/ (wɛlk) /

noun
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

British Dictionary definitions for whelk (2 of 2)

whelk2
/ (wɛlk) /

noun
a raised lesion on the skin; wheal

Derived forms of whelk

whelky, adjective

Word Origin for whelk

Old English hwylca, of obscure origin
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Medical definitions for whelk

whelk
[ wĕlk ]

n.
An inflamed swelling, such as a pimple or pustule.
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