Main definitions of whelk in English

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whelk1

noun

  • A predatory marine mollusk with a heavy, pointed spiral shell, some kinds of which are edible.

    • ‘These results were obtained from experiments in the lower mid zone at each site and exposure, in which shelter and food availability (mussels, M. trossulus) for the whelks were manipulated.’
    • ‘So the 10m ropes provide an ideal home where they can remain suspended above the seabed and out of reach of starfish, crabs, whelks and other predators.’
    • ‘Starved whelks were provided with empty mussel shells so that sun-exposure was similar for both treatment groups.’
    • ‘Most of the shellfish remains in the Florida coast middens were oyster shells while shells of clams, knobbed whelks and periwinkles were present in lesser amounts.’
    • ‘Predatory snails, including Oyster Drills, whelks, sponges, especially the Boring Sponges, and fish all find oysters a tasty treat.’
    • ‘Only the hermit crab, as far as I can recall, searches for empty shells, of whelks or periwinkles, or indeed any other hollow object and crawls inside, to serve as shelter and protection of the body.’
    • ‘Zach found that crows would only accept ‘large’ whelks, where large whelks had an average weight of 8.08 grams.’
    • ‘For main, if your feeling decadent, why not go for the lobster platter; langoustines, mussels, whelks, oysters all surround the halved lobster on a bed of ice.’
    • ‘Overall, mussels, barnacles and whelks all had higher metabolic activities at SH than BB, whereas there was no difference in metabolic activity for sea stars.’
    • ‘Low tide air temperature is probably less of a factor for sea stars than for whelks, as sea stars can avoid locations where body temperatures are elevated, whereas whelk body temperatures are closely related to air temperatures.’
    • ‘At Strawberry Hill, whelks had higher body temperatures and higher Hsp 70 pools than those at Boiler Bay.’
    • ‘People forget that Glasgow is by the sea, but I love restaurants that make something of that closeness, bringing mussels and whelks and Firth of Clyde-reared cod onto the menu.’
    • ‘Luckily there is a produce stall just a few steps further, where you get a few handfuls of wild roquette, sensing that the arugula's peppery bite will work wonders with the plump whelks.’
    • ‘Think of molluscs and chances are it is shellfish such as limpets, whelks, scallops and mussels that spring to mind.’
    • ‘The shellfish, especially the oysters and the whelks are just the best.’
    • ‘The whelk-enclosure experiment demonstrated that the predatory whelk affected not only survivorship but also growth rate of the clam.’
    • ‘Shellfish such as oysters, mussels, cockles, winkles, whelks and crabs were collected for food from the estuaries and sea-shores.’
    • ‘Our examples are taken from recent investigations of two key components of rocky intertidal communities, mussels and whelks.’
    • ‘It is a fantastic place, with extremely tasty whelks.’
    • ‘Abalone does not have a blood-clotting mechanism, and even if slightly damaged it will continue to bleed until found by scavenging whelks.’

Origin

Old English wioloc, weoloc, of unknown origin; the spelling with wh- was perhaps influenced by whelk.

Pronunciation:

whelk

/(h)welk/

Main definitions of whelk in English

: whelk1whelk2

whelk2

noun

Archaic
  • A pimple.

    pimple, pustule, blemish, blackhead, boil, swelling, eruption, wen, sty
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Origin

Old English hwylca, related to hwelian suppurate.

Pronunciation:

whelk

/(h)welk/