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Wheal \Wheal\, n. [OE. whele, AS. hwele putrefaction, hwelian to putrefy.] A pustule; a whelk.


Wheal \Wheal\, n. [Cf. Wale.]

  1. A more or less elongated mark raised by a stroke; also, a similar mark made by any cause; a weal; a wale.

  2. Specifically (Med.), a flat, burning or itching eminence on the skin, such as is produced by a mosquito bite, or in urticaria.


Wheal \Wheal\, n. [Cornish hwel.] (Mining) A mine.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"mark made on the skin by a whip," 1808, perhaps an alteration of wale, possibly by confusion with weal "welt," and obsolete wheal "pimple, pustule" (mid-15c.), from Old English verb hwelian "to form pus, bring to a head."


Etymology 2 n. A small raised swelling on the skin, often itchy, caused by a blow from a whip or an insect bite etc. Etymology 3

n. (context UK dialect Cornwall mining English) A mine.


n. a raised mark on the skin (as produced by the blow of a whip); characteristic of many allergic reactions [syn: wale, welt, weal]


Wheal Wheal may refer to:

  • Wheal response, a cutaneous condition left by a blow or as part of an allergic reaction
  • Wheal, a Cornish mine
  • Wheal in Cornish means a place of work

Usage examples of "wheal".

And of such poor mettle are we that her resentment against that groaning mass of fopperies and wheals sent a thrill of pleasure through me.

A little to the left the two shafts of Wheal Geevor showed black scaffolds against the copper sea.

Soon the skin displayed wheals and dark markings caused by subcutaneous hemorrhage.

If the Juice be mixed with equal parts of Juice of Sharp-pointed Docks and Wine Vinegar, and a contaminated Skin be washed therewith, it cures it of Scabs, Itch, Wheals, Pimples, Scurf, etc.