In short, it reminds one of Bardolph's face—'all bubukles and whelks and knobs.'
The dye-producing power is not restricted to the whelks, but is shared by other Molluscs.
It is not the least like cockles, or whelks, or any shell she ever saw.
For food he ate the whelks, mussels, and oysters that were so abundant on the shore.
But no broken-down hunter had ever so many sprung sinews, whelks, and bruises.
The floor was covered with baskets and trays with piles of whelks upon them, some of which were cooked and some were not.
They were only blue mussels, and a sort the farm people called “razors,” and “whelks,” and common “cockle-shells.”
A diet of Chablis and oysters disagreed at first with a stomach used to whelks and gingerbeer.
He will lie flat and love Him, will do penance, will eat no whelks for a month to appease Him.
He identified cowries, whelks, and some excellent specimens of Triton's horn.