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whelp

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noun \ ˈhwelp , ˈwelp \

Definition of whelp

1 :any of the young of various carnivorous mammals and especially of the dog
2 :a young boy or girl

Examples of whelp in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of whelp

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

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whelp

verb

Definition of whelp

transitive verb
:to give birth to used of various carnivores and especially the dog
intransitive verb
:to bring forth young

Examples of whelp in a Sentence

  1. The dog whelped in March.

First Known Use of whelp

13th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


WHELP Defined for English Language Learners

whelp

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noun

Definition of whelp for English Language Learners

  • : a young animal; especially : a young dog


whelp

verb

Definition of whelp for English Language Learners

  • of a female animal : to give birth


WHELP Defined for Kids

whelp

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noun \ ˈhwelp , ˈwelp \

Definition of whelp for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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whelp

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noun \ ˈhwelp , ˈwelp \

medical Definition of whelp

:one of the young of various carnivorous mammals and especially of the dog

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whelp

transitive verb

medical Definition of whelp

:to give birth to used of various carnivores and especially the dog
intransitive verb
:to bring forth young


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