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1whelk

noun \ˈhwelk, ˈwelk, ˈwilk\

Definition of WHELK

:  any of numerous large marine snails (as of the genus Buccinum); especially :  one (B. undatum) used as food in Europe
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Origin of WHELK

Middle English welke, from Old English weoloc; akin to Middle Dutch willoc whelk and perhaps to Latin volvere to turn — more at voluble
First Known Use: before 12th century

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2whelk

noun \ˈhwelk, ˈwelk\

Definition of WHELK

Origin of WHELK

Middle English whelke, from Old English hwylca, from hwelian to suppurate
First Known Use: before 12th century
WHELK Defined for Kids

whelk

noun \ˈhwelk, ˈwelk\

Definition of WHELK for Kids

:  a large sea snail that has a spiral shell and is sometimes used for food in Europe

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