whelk

noun (1)
\ ˈ(h)welk How to pronounce whelk (audio) , ˈ(h)wilk How to pronounce whelk (audio) \

Definition of whelk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

whelk

noun (2)
\ ˈ(h)welk How to pronounce whelk (audio) \

Definition of whelk (Entry 2 of 2)

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Noun (1)

In the meaning defined above

First Known Use of whelk

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whelk

Noun (1)

Middle English welke, from Old English weoloc; akin to Middle Dutch willoc whelk and perhaps to Latin volvere to turn — more at voluble

Noun (2)

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

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“Whelk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whelk. Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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whelk

noun
\ ˈhwelk How to pronounce whelk (audio) , ˈwelk \

Kids Definition of whelk

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

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