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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
whelk
noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Are individual whelks selecting particular prey species?
▪ In reply, the bookies wonder whether managing a whelk stall might be a better-sized challenge for the Jockey Club's skills.
▪ In the real East End you will find plates of whelks with more emotional depth.
▪ Not for them chirpy whelk stall amateurism or cheerful under-achieving.
▪ Predation concentrated on individual whelks feeding on the open rock surface.
▪ Rather surprisingly, the time spent boring and ingesting a meal does not vary very much for whelks of different sizes.
▪ The whelks may show frequency independent selection, choosing their favourite food regardless of that species' relative abundance. 2.
▪ The most important colour-technology in the ancient world was the manufacture of purple dye from the murex, or whelk.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Whelk

Whelk \Whelk\ (hw[e^]lk), n. [OE. welk, wilk, AS. weoloc, weloc, wiloc. Cf. Whilk, and Wilk.] (Zo["o]l.) 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.

Whelk tingle, a dog whelk. See under Dog.

Whelk

Whelk \Whelk\, n. [OE. whelke, dim. of whele. See Wheal a pustule.]

  1. A papule; a pustule; acne. ``His whelks white.''
    --Chaucer.

  2. A stripe or mark; a ridge; a wale.

    Chin whelk (Med.), sycosis.

    Rosy whelk (Med.), grog blossom.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
whelk

marine snail with a spiral shell, Old English weoloc, wioloc, from Proto-Germanic *weluka- (cognates: Middle Dutch willoc, Dutch wulk), perhaps from PIE root *wel- (3) "to turn, revolve" (see volvox; also volute). The unetymological spelling with wh- dates from 15c.

Wiktionary
whelk

n. 1 Certain edible sea snails, especially, any one of numerous species of large marine gastropods belonging to (taxlink Buccinidae family noshow=1), much used as food in Europe. 2 A stripe or mark; a ridge; a wale.

WordNet
whelk
  1. n. large marine snail much used as food in Europe

  2. large carnivorous marine gastropods of coastal waters and intertidal regions having a strong snail-like shell

  3. v. gather whelk

Wikipedia
Whelk

Whelk is a common name that is applied to various kinds of sea snail, many of which have historically been used, or are still used, by humans and other animals for food.

Although a number of whelks are relatively large and are in the family Buccinidae (the true whelks), the word whelk is also applied to some other marine gastropod mollusc species within several families of sea snails that are not very closely related.

Usage examples of "whelk".

The tide had pulled back sufficiently, leaving in its wake a wide sampling of its infinite bounty: sideways-scuttling crabs, whorled whelks and tiny poni-winkles, three sleek fishlets, trapped now in this enclosed world.

The catch included also ling, sole, whiting, dab, gurnet, oysters, crabs, whelks, cat-fish, star-fish, and a large amount of ocean scrapings.

Rosie lit two rushlights and by the light of these would work on at her ironing table till Pierpoint came home and they had their supper of whelks and oysters and bread and ale.

So did I eagerly search my Frame for Blisters or Whelks or an Apostem in the Groine, for oft these Tokens signal some feeble Hope of Survival.

Caroline strolled by the whelk stalls and across the carpark, through an odour of frying doughnuts, chips and fierce fish.

FACTS AT A GLANCE Unit of Currency: The Whelk Households Per Tricha Cet: 100 Shave and a Haircut: Two Bits Italy We are definitely talking about a warm and friendly nation here.

  It was then that the process really began that would lead to such dishes as lorne sausage shami kebab, rabbit masala, fruit pudding chaat, skink aloo, porridge tarka, shell pie aloo gobi, kipper bhoona, chips pea pulao, whelk poori and marmalade kulfi, and I think the world is a better place for all of them.

By now the king’s milk-white body was bent over the basin where he scrubbed himself thoroughly and I stumbled over a trailing braie as I saw that his backside was covered with hard red whelks.

Yoke picked out a big whelk, two brown cowries, and two tooth cowries.

I want to go back to where—‘ a trace of moisture appeared in Rincewind’s eye – ‘to where there’s cobbles under your feet and some of the beer isn’t too bad and you can get quite a good piece of fried fish of an evening, with maybe a couple of big green gherkins, and even an eel pie and a dish of whelks, and there’s always a warm stable somewhere to sleep in and in the morning you are always in the same place as you were the night before and there wasn’t all this weather all over the place.

I want to go back to where—' a trace of moisture appeared in Rincewind's eye — 'to where there's cobbles under your feet and some of the beer isn't too bad and you can get quite a good piece of fried fish of an evening, with maybe a couple of big green gherkins, and even an eel pie and a dish of whelks, and there's always a warm stable somewhere to sleep in and in the morning you are always in the same place as you were the night before and there wasn't all this weather all over the place.

She lifted the great house key from her side, and threatened to strike him down with it, calling aloud on Mar and Whelk and Plout, the menservants under her, to come and help her.

Was I ever going to meet a wizard with the sense to run a whelk stall?

It all ticked over extremely peacefully and efficiently, demonstrating once again that compared to the Patrician of Ankh, Machiavelli could not have run a whelk stall.

Some really brainy people are exceptionally silly, some too are exceptionally unreceptive to unfamiliar ideas, and there are loads of men and women with good academic degrees who, as the saying goes, couldn't even run a whelk stall!