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noun \ˈhwelk, ˈwelk, ˈwilk\

Definition of whelk

  1. :  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 and Etymology 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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whelk

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noun \ˈhwelk, ˈwelk\

Definition of whelk

Origin and Etymology of whelk

Middle English whelke, from Old English hwylca, from hwelian to suppurate


First Known Use: before 12th century


WHELK Defined for Kids

whelk

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noun \ˈhwelk, ˈwelk\

Definition of whelk for Students

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



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