wheal "mark made on the skin by a whip," 1808, perhaps an alteration of WALE (Cf. wale), possibly by confusion with weal "welt," and obsolete wheal "pimple, pustule" (mid-15c.), from O.E. verb hwelian "to form pus, bring to a head."

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  • Wheal — Wheal, n. [OE. whele, AS. hwele putrefaction, hwelian to putrefy.] A pustule; a whelk. Wiseman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wheal — Wheal, n. [Cf. {Wale}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A more or less elongated mark raised by a stroke; also, a similar mark made by any cause; a weal; a wale. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically (Med.), a flat, burning or itching eminence on the skin, such as is …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wheal — Wheal, n. [Cornish hwel.] (Mining) A mine. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wheal — wheal1 [hwēl, wēl] n. [ME whele, akin to OE hwelian, to suppurate] 1. Obs. a pustule; pimple 2. a small, itching elevation of the skin, as from the bite of an insect wheal2 [hwēl, wēl] n. [altered (based on WHEAL1) < …   English World dictionary

  • Wheal — Infobox Symptom Name = PAGENAME Background = Caption = A welt (wheal) formed on a person s skin after being struck on the neck with a credit card ICD10 = ICD10|L|50|9|l|50 ICD9 = ICD9|708 ICDO = OMIM = DiseasesDB = 13606 MedlinePlus = 000845… …   Wikipedia

  • Wheal — A raised, itchy (pruritic) area of skin that is almost always an overt sign of allergy. Not all wheals are alike. They may be redder or paler than the skin around them. They may vary in configuration and may be rounded or flat topped. Wheals… …   Medical dictionary

  • Wheal — This most interesting and unusual surname is of Anglo Saxon origin, and originated either as a metonymic occupational name for a maker of wheels for carts, or for use in spinning and other manufacturing processes, or occasionally, as a… …   Surnames reference

  • wheal — /hweel, weel/, n. 1. a small, burning or itching swelling on the skin, as from a mosquito bite or from hives. 2. a wale or welt. Also, weal. [bef. 900; akin to WHELK2 and to obs. wheal (v.), OE hwelian to suppurate, develop wheals] * * * …   Universalium

  • wheal — I. /wil/ (say weel) noun a mine. {Cornish huel} II. /wil/ (say weel) noun → weal2. {Middle English whele, related to obsolete wheal (verb), Old English hwelian suppurate} …   Australian-English dictionary

  • wheal — noun Etymology: alteration of 1wale Date: 1808 a suddenly formed elevation of the skin surface ; welt; especially a flat burning or itching eminence on the skin …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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