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
Algal turfs are grown on screens and then fed to herbivores such as whelk, parrotfish, and crab.
"The Big Question to emerge so far: Is Rupert Murdoch a fit and proper person to run a whelk stall?" the conservative political commentator Iain Dale wrote in a Twitter post.
Set aside for the moment the friendly relationship with Respect that preceded the courtroom farce of Labour's candidate selection process, put temporarily from your mind some of his business connections, banish momentarily concerns that he's too matey by half with the Tower Hamlets religious right, and subject him to the basic whelk stall test.
It is probably Busycon sinistrum, the lightning whelk, although I may be mistaken.
Black drink was ladled, and we each accepted the shell cup—cut from a huge whelk—and drank.
"Why is present government policy ... now determined by people who would have serious trouble managing a whelk stall?"
Among the Barrier Islands along the Gulf Coast in Florida, Sanibel Island is considered one of the best shelling destinations in the world -- with beaches abound with conch, scallops and lightning whelk seashells.
McWilliam was born in Edinburgh, a city that was the wellspring of all her best qualities (her uncomplaining Protestantism, her whelk-eating thriftiness) and her worst (no one is harder on Candia than Candia).
Sometimes I work my way out as far as the boat channel, with nothing more to show for my labors than a not-quite-perfect whelk shell.
We'd finally got the idea of cuisine and had the Michelin stars and whelk ice cream to prove it.
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