whelk

  • 1 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… …

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  • 2 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

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

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 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

  • 8 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… …

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  • 9 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.… …

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  • 10 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

  • 11 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);… …

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  • 12 whelk — [[t](h)we̱lk[/t]] whelks N COUNT A whelk is a creature like a snail that is found in the sea near the shore. Whelks have hard shells, and soft bodies which can be eaten …

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  • 13 whelk — I [[t](h)wɛlk, wɛlk[/t]] n. ivt any of various medium to large sized, spiral shelled marine gastropods of the family Buccinidae, as Buccinum undatum, used for food • Etymology: bef. 900; late ME, aspirated var. of ME welk, OE weoloc II whelk… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 14 whelk — I. /wɛlk / (say welk) noun any of various large spiral shelled marine gastropods of the family Buccinidae, as the giant whelk Verconella maxima found along the continental shelf from SA to NSW. {Middle English welke, Old English weoloc; origin… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 15 whelk — 1. n. any predatory marine gastropod mollusc of the family Buccinidae, esp. the edible kind of the genus Baccinum, having a spiral shell. Etymology: OE wioloc, weoloc, of unkn. orig.: perh. infl. by WHELK(2) 2. n. a pimple. Etymology: OE hwylca f …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 16 whelk — noun An edible sea snail. Formally, any one of numerous species of large marine gastropods belonging to Buccinum and allied genera, and much used as food in Europe …

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  • 17 whelk — (hwelk) any of various large ocean dwelling snails with pointed spiral shells. Some are edible, but others are poisonous; see under poison and poisoning …

    Medical dictionary

  • 18 whelk — Synonyms and related words: Dungeness crab, Japanese crab, abscess, aposteme, bed sore, blain, bleb, blister, blue point, boil, bubo, bulla, bunion, canker, canker sore, carbuncle, chancre, chancroid, chilblain, clam, cold sore, coquillage, crab …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 whelk — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A ridge or bump raised on the flesh, as by a lash or blow: wale, weal2, welt, wheal. See MARKS …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 whelk —  Edible mollusc …

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