There are 2 definitions of whelk in English:

whelk1

Syllabification: whelk
Pronunciation: /(h)welk
 
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noun

  • A predatory marine mollusk with a heavy, pointed spiral shell, some kinds of which are edible.
    • Family Buccinidae, class Gastropoda: Buccinum and other genera
    More example sentences
    • For main, if your feeling decadent, why not go for the lobster platter; langoustines, mussels, whelks, oysters all surround the halved lobster on a bed of ice.
    • Overall, mussels, barnacles and whelks all had higher metabolic activities at SH than BB, whereas there was no difference in metabolic activity for sea stars.
    • Think of molluscs and chances are it is shellfish such as limpets, whelks, scallops and mussels that spring to mind.

Origin

Old English wioloc, weoloc, of unknown origin; the spelling with wh- was perhaps influenced by whelk2.

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There are 2 definitions of whelk in English:

whelk2

Syllabification: whelk
Pronunciation: /
 
(h)welk/

noun

archaic
  • A pimple.

Origin

Old English hwylca, related to hwelian 'suppurate'.

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Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
noun
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space