There are 2 definitions of whelk in English:

whelk1

Line breaks: whelk
Pronunciation: /wɛlk
 
/

noun

  • A predatory marine mollusc 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.

More definitions of whelk

Definition of whelk in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day grotesquerie
Pronunciation: grəʊˈtɛskəri
noun
grotesque quality or grotesque things collectively

There are 2 definitions of whelk in English:

whelk2

Line breaks: whelk
Pronunciation: /wɛlk
 
/

noun

archaic
  • A pimple.

Origin

Old English hwylca, related to hwelian 'suppurate'.

More definitions of whelk

Definition of whelk in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day grotesquerie
Pronunciation: grəʊˈtɛskəri
noun
grotesque quality or grotesque things collectively