Origin of whelkMiddle English welke ; from Old English wioluc ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wel-, to turn (with reference to the spiral shell) from source walk
Origin of whelkMiddle English welke, whelke, from Old English weoloc; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.
Origin of whelkMiddle English whelke, from Old English hwylca; akin to hwelian, to suppurate.
- Certain edible sea snails, especially, any one of numerous species of large marine gastropods belonging to Buccinidae, much used as food in Europe.
- A stripe or mark; a ridge; a wale.
Old English weoloc, wioloc, from Proto-Germanic *weluka- (compare Middle Dutch willoc, Dutch wulk), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (“to turn, revolve”) (whence vulva and volute) Spelling wh- from 15th century.