NounWhelk (plural Whelks)
- 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.
Dungeness crab, Japanese crab, abscess, aposteme, bed sore, blain, bleb, blister, blue point, boil, bubo, bulla, bunion, canker, canker sore, carbuncle, chancre, chancroid, chilblain, clam, cold sore, coquillage, crab, crawdad, crawfish, crayfish, eschar, felon, fester, festering, fever blister, fistula, furuncle, furunculus, gathering, gumboil, hemorrhoids, kibe, langouste, lesion, limpet, littleneck clam, lobster, mussel, oyster, papula, papule, paronychia, parulis, periwinkle, petechia, piles, pimple, pock, polyp, prawn, pustule, quahog, rising, scab, scallop, shellfish, shrimp, snail, soft chancre, soft-shell crab, sore, steamer, stigma, sty, suppuration, swelling, tubercle, ulcer, ulceration, wale, weal, welt, wheal, whelp, whitlow, wound
Old English weoloc, wioloc, from Proto-Germanic *weluka- (compare Middle Dutch willoc, Dutch wulk), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (“to turn, revolve”) (from whence vulva and volute) Spelling wh- from 15th century.