Welk\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Welked; p. pr. & vb. n. Welking.] [OE. welken; cf. D. & G. welken to wither, G. welk withered, OHG. welc moist. See Welkin, and cf. Wilt.] To wither; to fade; also, to decay; to decline; to wane. [Obs.]

When ruddy Ph?bus 'gins to welk in west. --Spenser.

The church, that before by insensible degrees welked and impaired, now with large steps went down hill decaying. --Milton.
Webster's Revised


Welk\, v. t. 1. To cause to wither; to wilt. [Obs.]

Mot thy welked neck be to-broke [broken]. --Chaucer.

2. To contract; to shorten. [Obs.]

Now sad winter welked hath the day. --Spenser.

3. To soak; also, to beat severely. [Prov. Eng.]


Welk\, n. A pustule. See 2d Whelk.


Welk\, n. (Zo["o]l.) A whelk. [R.]
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