(Science: zoology) Any one numerous species of large marine gastropods belonging to buccinum and allied genera; especially, Buccinum undatum, common on the coasts both of Europe and North America, and much used as food in Europe. Whelk tingle, a dog whelk. See Dog.
Origin: OE. Welk, wilk, AS. Weoloc, weloc, wiloc. Cf. Whilk, and Wilk.
Origin: OE. Whelke, dim. Of whele. See Wheal a pustule.