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See whelk.



whilk (plural whilks)

  1. A kind of mollusk; a whelk.
  2. The scoter.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for whilk in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



From Old English hwilc, from Proto-Germanic *hwilīkaz.



  1. which



  1. which
    • 1900, George MacDonald, Alec Forbes of Howglen[1]:
      "Deed, mem," said George, whose acquaintance with Scripture was neither extensive nor precise, "to my mind he's jist a fulfilment o' the prophecee, 'An auld heid upo' young shouthers;' though I canna richtly min' whilk o' the lesser prophets it is that conteens 't."
    • 1857, Various, The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume IV.[2]:
      Whan first amang the dewy flowers, Aside yon siller stream, My lowin' heart was press'd to yours, Nae purer did they seem; Nae purer seem'd the draps o' dew, The flowers on whilk they hung, Than seem'd the heart I felt in you As to that heart I clung.
    • 1780, Robert Burns, Poems And Songs Of Robert Burns[3]:
      An' now Thou kens our waefu' case; For Geordie's jurr we're in disgrace, Because we stang'd her through the place, An' hurt her spleuchan; For whilk we daurna show our face Within the clachan.