from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various large, mostly edible marine snails of the family Buccinidae, having a pointed, spiral shell, especially Buccinum undatum, which is commonly eaten in Europe.
- n. An inflamed swelling, such as a pimple or pustule.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An edible sea snail. Formally, any one of numerous species of large marine gastropods belonging to Buccinum and allied genera, and much used as food in Europe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A papule; a pustule; acne.
- n. A stripe or mark; a ridge; a wale.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wheal; a pustule; a swelling or protuberance, as on the body.
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. gather whelk
- n. large marine snail much used as food in Europe
- n. large carnivorous marine gastropods of coastal waters and intertidal regions having a strong snail-like shell
Middle English welke, whelke, from Old English weoloc; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.
Middle English whelke, from Old English hwylca; akin to hwelian, to suppurate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)