\ ˈ(h)welv, -weu̇v \
-ed/-ing/-s

Definition of whelve

dialectal, England
: to turn (as a dish or vessel) upside down usually to cover something

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History and Etymology for whelve

Middle English whelven, from Old English gehwielfan, gehwelfan to arch, bend over; akin to Old High German welben to vault, arch

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“Whelve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whelve. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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