There are 2 main definitions of whelk in English:

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whelk 1

Pronunciation: /(h)welk/

noun

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A predatory marine mollusk with a heavy, pointed spiral shell, some kinds of which are edible.
  • Family Buccinidae, class Gastropoda: Buccinum and other genera.
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.

Words that rhyme with whelk

elk

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Syllabification: whelk

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There are 2 main definitions of whelk in English:

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whelk 2

Pronunciation: /(h)welk/

noun

archaic

Origin

Old English hwylca, related to hwelian 'suppurate'.

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Syllabification: whelk

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