whelk

noun (1)
\ˈhwelk, ˈwelk, ˈwilk \

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

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\ˈhwelk, ˈwelk \

Definition of whelk (Entry 2 of 2)

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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

noun
\ˈhwelk, 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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