periwinkle

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1per·i·win·kle

noun \ˈper-i-ˌwiŋ-kəl\

Definition of PERIWINKLE

1
:  any of several trailing or woody evergreen herbs of the dogbane family: as
a (1) :  a European creeper (Vinca minor) widely cultivated as a ground cover and for its blue or white flowers —called also myrtle
(2) :  a trailing plant (Vinca major) with large blue flowers that is used as a ground cover and in window boxes
b :  rosy periwinkle
2
:  a light purplish blue —called also periwinkle blue

Origin of PERIWINKLE

Middle English perwinke, from Old English perwince, from Vulgar Latin *pervinca, short for Latin vincapervinca
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Color Terms

argentine, cerise, cerulean, cyan, ocher, perse, puce, taupe, vermilion

Rhymes with PERIWINKLE

2periwinkle

noun

Definition of PERIWINKLE

:  any of various gastropod mollusks: as
a :  any of a genus (Littorina) of edible littoral marine snails; also :  any of various similar or related marine snails
b :  any of several North American freshwater snails

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Origin of PERIWINKLE

Middle English *periwinkle, alteration of Old English pīnewincle, from Latin pina, a kind of mussel (from Greek) + Old English -wincle (akin to Dan vincle snail shell)
First Known Use: circa 1530

per·i·win·kle

noun \ˈper-i-ˌwiŋ-kəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PERIWINKLE

: any of several trailing or woody evergreen plants of the dogbane family (Apocynaceae); especially : rosy periwinkle

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