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Meaning of WHELK

Pronunciation:  welk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  large carnivorous marine gastropods of coastal waters and intertidal regions having a strong snail-like shell
  2. [n]  large marine snail much used as food in Europe
  3. [v]  gather whelk

WHELK is a 5 letter word that starts with W.


 See Also: Buccinidae, family Buccinidae, seafood, seasnail, snail, whelk, whelk



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Whelk\, n. [OE. welk, wilk, AS. weoloc, weloc, wiloc. Cf.
    {Whilk}, and {Wilk}.] (Zo["o]l.)
    Any one numerous species of large marine gastropods belonging
    to {Buccinum} and allied genera; especially, {Buccinum
    undatum}, common on the coasts both of Europe and North
    America, and much used as food in Europe.
    {Whelk tingle}, a dog whelk. See under {Dog}.
  2. \Whelk\, n. [OE. whelke, dim. of whele. See {Wheal} a
    1. A papule; a pustule; acne. ``His whelks white.''
    2. A stripe or mark; a ridge; a wale.
    {Chin whelk} (Med.), sycosis.
    {Rosy whelk} (Med.), grog blossom.