Definition of whelk noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//welk//
; NAmE NAmE//welk//
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a small shellfish that can be eaten See related entries: Invertebrates Word Origin Old English wioloc, weoloc, of unknown origin; the spelling with wh- was perhaps influenced by whelk in the sense ‘pimple’.
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