There’s a Word for That: Whelve

atkins-bookshelf-wordsAs the spider scuttles across the kitchen floor, you do what everybody does — you scream and instantly grab the nearest bowl or cup and swoop down on the unsuspecting critter to trap it. That almost instinctive act, covering something with an overturned vessel (like a bowl or cup), has a name: whelving, to whelve. The origin of the word is from the Middle English word, whelven, from the Old English word, gehwielfan, meaning to bend over or to arch.

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