Whelk
Whelk Whelk (hw[e^]lk), n. [OE. welk, wilk, AS. weoloc, weloc, wiloc. Cf. {Whilk}, and {Wilk}.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one numerous species of large marine gastropods belonging to {Buccinum} and allied genera; especially, {Buccinum undatum}, common on the coasts both of Europe and North America, and much used as food in Europe. [1913 Webster]

{Whelk tingle}, a dog whelk. See under {Dog}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Whelk — Whelk, n. [OE. whelke, dim. of whele. See {Wheal} a pustule.] [1913 Webster] 1. A papule; a pustule; acne. His whelks white. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. A stripe or mark; a ridge; a wale. [1913 Webster] {Chin whelk} (Med.), sycosis. {Rosy whelk}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whelk — [welk] n [: Old English; Origin: hweoloc] a small sea animal that has a shell and can be eaten …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • whelk — [ welk, hwelk ] noun count a small SHELLFISH that lives along the coast of the North Atlantic Ocean. It is sometimes eaten as food …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • whelk — large marine snail, O.E. weoloc, wioloc, from P.Gmc. *weluka (Cf. M.Du. willoc, Du. wulk), perhaps from PIE root *wel to turn, revolve (see VULVA (Cf. vulva); Cf. also VOLUTE (Cf. volute)). The spelling with wh dates from 15c …   Etymology dictionary

  • whelk — ► NOUN ▪ a predatory marine mollusc with a heavy pointed spiral shell, some kinds of which are edible. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • whelk — [hwelk, welk] n. [ME welke < OE wioluc < IE base * wel , to turn (with reference to the spiral shell) > WALK] any of various families (esp. Buccinidae) of large marine snails which are often carnivorous and edible …   English World dictionary

  • Whelk — Taxobox name = PAGENAME image width = 250px image caption = A lightning whelk shell found on a Gulf of Mexico beach in Louisiana. regnum = Animalia phylum = Mollusca classis = Gastropoda subclassis = Orthogastropoda superordo = Caenogastropoda… …   Wikipedia

  • whelk — whelk1 /hwelk, welk/, n. any of several large, spiral shelled, marine gastropods of the family Buccinidae, esp. Buccinum undatum, that is used for food in Europe. [bef. 900; late ME, aspirated var. of ME welk, OE weoloc] whelk2 /hwelk, welk/, n.… …   Universalium

  • whelk — UK [welk] / US / US [hwelk] noun [countable] Word forms whelk : singular whelk plural whelks a small shellfish that lives along the coast of the North Atlantic Ocean. It is sometimes eaten as food …   English dictionary

  • whelk — I. noun Etymology: Middle English welke, from Old English weoloc; akin to Middle Dutch willoc whelk and perhaps to Latin volvere to turn more at voluble Date: before 12th century any of numerous large marine snails (as of the genus Buccinum);… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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