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whelp

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noun \ˈhwelp, ˈwelp\

Simple Definition of whelp

  • : a young animal; especially : a young dog

Full Definition of whelp

  1. 1 :  any of the young of various carnivorous mammals and especially of the dog

  2. 2 :  a young boy or girl

Examples of whelp

  1. <playtime's over, it's time to gather up the whelps and head home>



Origin of whelp

Middle English, from Old English hwelp; akin to Old High German hwelf whelp


First Known Use: before 12th century

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whelp

verb

Simple Definition of whelp

  • of a female animal : to give birth

Full Definition of whelp

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to give birth to —used of various carnivores and especially the dog

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to bring forth young

Examples of whelp

  1. The dog whelped in March.



13th Century

First Known Use of whelp

13th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


WHELP Defined for Kids

whelp

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noun \ˈhwelp, ˈwelp\

Definition of whelp

  1. :  one of the young of an animal (as a dog) that eats flesh




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