Whelk meaning

wĕlk, hwĕlk
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An inflamed swelling, such as a pimple or pustule.
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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.
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An inflamed swelling, such as a pimple or pustule.
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Any of various families (esp. Buccinidae) of large marine snails which are often carnivorous and edible.
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Certain edible sea snails, especially, any one of numerous species of large marine gastropods belonging to Buccinidae, much used as food in Europe.
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A stripe or mark; a ridge; a wale.
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Origin of whelk

  • Middle English welke, whelke from Old English weoloc wel-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English whelke from Old English hwylca hwelian to suppurate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary