whelk

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English[edit]

a whelk shell

Etymology[edit]

Old English weoloc, wioloc, from Proto-Germanic *weluka- (compare Middle Dutch willoc, Dutch wulk), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (to turn, revolve) (whence vulva and volute) Spelling wh- from 15th century.[1]

Noun[edit]

whelk (plural whelks)

  1. Certain edible sea snails, especially, any one of numerous species of large marine gastropods belonging to Buccinidae, much used as food in Europe.
  2. A stripe or mark; a ridge; a wale.

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  1. ^ whelk” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).