from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Another form of whelk, properly welk, wilk.
  • An obsolete or Scotch form of which.
  • noun The scoter, Œdemia nigra. Montagu. See cut under scoter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.), Prov. Eng. A kind of mollusk, a whelk.
  • noun (Zoöl.), Prov. Eng. The scoter.
  • pronoun Obs. or Scot. Which.


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  • They made muckle adu wi 'apologies an' explanations, but the prence aye booed an 'booed, an' said sae little, that they thocht him mortal angert, the whilk was a great vex to my leddy, ye may be sure.


  • She wore a thick, dark vail, doublit over and over her face, the whilk was the moir to be noticed because the nicht was sae warm. "

    The Lost Lady of Lone

  • In especial, albeit the pay be none of the most superabundant, being only about sixty dollars a-month to a ritt-master, yet the invincible Gustavus never paid above one-third of that sum, whilk was distributed monthly by way of loan; although, when justly considered, it was, in fact, a borrowing by that great monarch of the additional two-thirds which were due to the soldier.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • So that an experienced cavalier, knowing how to lay, as our Scottish phrase runs, ‘the head of the sow to the tail of the grice,’ might get out of the country the pay whilk he could not obtain from the

    A Legend of Montrose

  • So that, were I undertaking to discipline such a breechless mob, it were impossible for me to be understood; and if I were understood, judge ye, my lord, what chance I had of being obeyed among a band of half salvages, who are accustomed to pay to their own lairds and chiefs, allenarly, that respect and obedience whilk ought to be paid to commissionate officers.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • But this was a particular case, my lord, a CASUS IMPROVISUS, as I may say, in whilk I had no chaplain of my own persuasion to act as my adviser.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • Meantime, we pray you to think that we are, and will still be, your good kinsman and well-wisher, waiting but for times of whilk we do, as it were, entertain a twilight prospect, and appear and hope to be also your effectual well-doer.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • Now, my lord, as a true Scottish man, and educated at the Mareschal – College of Aberdeen, I was bound to uphold the mass to be an act of blinded papistry and utter idolatry, whilk I was altogether unwilling to homologate by my presence.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • Lightbody; “try our puddings, Mr. Balderstone; there is black pudding and white-hass; try whilk ye like best.”

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • And, as I have learned while I served the Spaniard, the Duke of Alva in former times had the leaguer-lasses who followed his camp marshalled into TERTIAS (whilk me call regiments), and officered and commanded by those of their own feminine gender, and regulated by a commander-in chief, called in German Hureweibler, or, as we would say vernacularly, Captain of the Queans.

    A Legend of Montrose


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