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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Whelk is a common name that is applied to various kinds of sea snail, many of which have historically been used, or are still used, by humans for food. [1 ]
Although a number of whelks are relatively large and are in the family
Buccinidae (the true whelks), the word whelk is also applied to some other marine gastropod mollusc species within several families of sea snails that are not very closely related.
common name "whelk" is also spelled welk or even wilks. The word originated from the Proto-Germanic root "weluka", which may come from the Proto-Indo-European root "wel-", meaning to turn or revolve. [2 ]
The species, genera and families referred to by this common name vary a great deal from one geographic area to another.
United States, whelk refers to several large edible species in the genera and Busycon , which are now classified in the family Busycotypus Buccinidae. These are sometimes called . Busycon whelks
In addition, the unrelated
invasive murex is referred to as the Rapana venosa Veined rapa whelk or Asian rapa whelk in the family Muricidae.
British Isles, Belgium, Netherlands [ edit ]
British Isles, Belgium and the Netherlands, the word is used for a number of species in the family Buccinidae, especially , an edible Buccinum undatum European and Northern Atlantic species.
In the British Isles, the common name "dog whelk" is used for
(family Muricidae) and for Nucella lapillus species (family Nassarius Nassariidae).
Scotland [ edit ]
Scotland, the word "whelk" is also used to mean the periwinkle ( Littorina littorea), family Littorinidae. [3 ]
West Indies [ edit ]
In the English-speaking islands of the
West Indies, the word whelks or wilks (this word is both singular and plural) is applied to a large edible top shell, , also known as the Cittarium pica magpie or , family West Indian top shell Trochidae.
Skewered whelks from Japan.
In Japan, whelks are frequently used in sashimi and sushi. In Vietnam, they are served in a dish called
- vermicelli with sea snails. Bún ốc
Australia, New Zealand [ edit ]
Australia and New Zealand, species of the genus (family Cabestana Ranellidae) are called predatory whelks.
Some common examples [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. whelk
Conch, another common name used for a wide variety of large sea snails or their shells
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]