any of various families (esp. Buccinidae) of large marine snails which are often carnivorous and edible
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
Any of various large marine carnivorous snails chiefly of the family Buccinidae, having a pointed spiral shell, especially the edible species Buccinum undatum of the North Atlantic Ocean.
Origin of whelkMiddle English welke, whelke from Old English weoloc ; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.
An inflamed swelling, such as a pimple or pustule.
Origin of whelkMiddle English whelke from Old English hwylca hwelian to suppurate