whelk

Definitions

  • UNDER THE SEA BED Marine Worms, Whelk, Pecten or Scallop and Periwinkle
    UNDER THE SEA BED Marine Worms, Whelk, Pecten or Scallop and Periwinkle
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v whelk gather whelk
    • n whelk large carnivorous marine gastropods of coastal waters and intertidal regions having a strong snail-like shell
    • n whelk large marine snail much used as food in Europe
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Whelk A papule; a pustule; acne. "His whelks white."
    • Whelk A stripe or mark; a ridge; a wale.
    • n Whelk hwĕlk (Zoöl) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n whelk A wheal; a pustule; a swelling or protuberance, as on the body.
    • n whelk A gastropod of the family Buccinidæ in a broad sense; a buccinid, or some similar univalve with a spiral gibbous shell whose aperture forms a kind of spout, and whose whorls are more or less varicose or whelked. A very common whelk to which the name may have originally or especially applied is Buccinum undatum. See also cuts under Buccinum, cancrisocial, nidamental, ribbon, and Siphonostomata. Also wilk.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Whelk hwelk a popular name for a number of marine Gasteropods, especially applied to species of Buccinum common on the coasts of northern seas
    • n Whelk hwelk (Shak.) the mark of a stripe on the body, a wrinkle, an inequality or protuberance.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. welk, wilk, AS. weoloc, weloc, wiloc,. Cf. Whilk, and Wilk
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Weal, wheal.

Usage

In literature:

He rins about in a wee motor-cawr, and wad speir the inside oot o' a whelk.
"The Thirty-nine Steps" by John Buchan
Next morning the baskets were drawn up full of what looked like whelk shells.
"The Story of the Amulet" by E. Nesbit
It is not the least like cockles, or whelks, or any shell she ever saw.
"Madam How and Lady Why or, First Lessons in Earth Lore for Children" by Charles Kingsley
Look at whelks, for instance.
"The Way of All Flesh" by Samuel Butler
Here comes the Whelk.
"The Longest Journey" by E. M. Forster
They don't flourish in Southwark; whelks more in our way down there.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Volume 102, April 2, 1892" by Various
This was the study of the life history of the whelk.
"The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Cockles and whelks are cooked in the same way.
"A Plain Cookery Book for the Working Classes" by Charles Elmé Francatelli
He's as phull of drink as a whelk-shell's phull of whelk.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
A northern name for the whelk.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
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In poetry:

Yet there's the dye, in that rough mesh,
The sea has only just o'erwhispered!
Live whelks, each lip's beard dripping fresh,
As if they still the water's lisp heard
Through foam the rock-weeds thresh.
"Popularity" by Robert Browning

In news:

Chris Curle/Eagle Correspondent Whelk shells from perhaps two thousand years ago were used to create terraces at Otter Mound Park on Addison Court.
Marine hermits are often found in vacant shells of sea snails such as whelks and conchs.
A Cup of Joe and Some Whelks, Please.
But you won't find fried calamari at seafood-centric Driftwood — more like sautéed whelks with cilantro pistou or black pepper linguine with sea urchin and shaved asparagus.
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