1 [hwelk, welk]
any of several large, spiral-shelled, marine gastropods of the family Buccinidae, especially Buccinum undatum, that is used for food in Europe.

before 900; late Middle English, aspirated variant of Middle English welk, Old English weoloc

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2 [hwelk, welk]
a pimple or pustule.

before 1000; Middle English whelke, Old English hwylca, hwelca; akin to wheal

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whelk1 (wɛlk)
any carnivorous marine gastropod mollusc of the family Buccinidae, of coastal waters and intertidal regions, having a strong snail-like shell
[Old English weoloc; related to Middle Dutch willok, Old Norse vil entrails]

whelk2 (wɛlk)
a raised lesion on the skin; wheal
[Old English hwylca, of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

"large marine snail," O.E. weoloc, wioloc, from P.Gmc. *weluka- (cf. M.Du. willoc, Du. wulk), perhaps from PIE base *wel- "to turn, revolve" (see vulva; cf. also volute). The spelling with wh- dates from 15c.
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Medical Dictionary

whelk (wělk)
An inflamed swelling, such as a pimple or pustule.

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Example sentences
He shouldn't be in charge of a whelk stall never mind the future of the country.
The knobbed whelk shell is commonly known as the conch shell.
For example, there are several different color dog whelk shells and ochre sea
The whelk pries the clam open with its muscular foot, wedges the clam open with
  its shell, then eats the soft inside of the clam.
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