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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our examples are taken from recent investigations of two key components of rocky intertidal communities, mussels and whelks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The shellfish, especially the oysters and the whelks are just the best.’
    • ‘Starved whelks were provided with empty mussel shells so that sun-exposure was similar for both treatment groups.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Predatory snails, including Oyster Drills, whelks, sponges, especially the Boring Sponges, and fish all find oysters a tasty treat.’
    • ‘The whelk-enclosure experiment demonstrated that the predatory whelk affected not only survivorship but also growth rate of the clam.’
    • ‘Zach found that crows would only accept ‘large’ whelks, where large whelks had an average weight of 8.08 grams.’
    • ‘Shellfish such as oysters, mussels, cockles, winkles, whelks and crabs were collected for food from the estuaries and sea-shores.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Abalone does not have a blood-clotting mechanism, and even if slightly damaged it will continue to bleed until found by scavenging whelks.’
    • ‘Think of molluscs and chances are it is shellfish such as limpets, whelks, scallops and mussels that spring to mind.’
    • ‘At Strawberry Hill, whelks had higher body temperatures and higher Hsp 70 pools than those at Boiler Bay.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is a fantastic place, with extremely tasty whelks.’
    • ‘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.’

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
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Origin

Old English hwylca, related to hwelian suppurate.

Pronunciation:

whelk

/(h)welk/