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periwinkle

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noun per·i·win·kle \ˈper-i-ˌwiŋ-kəl\

Definition of periwinkle

  1. 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. 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

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periwinkle

noun per·i·win·kle

Definition of periwinkle

  1. :  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


PERIWINKLE Defined for Kids

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periwinkle

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noun per·i·win·kle \ˈper-i-ˌwiŋ-kəl\

Definition of periwinkle for Students

  1. :  an evergreen plant that spreads along the ground and has blue or white flowers




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periwinkle

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noun per·i·win·kle

Definition of periwinkle for Students

  1. :  a small snail that lives along rocky seashores




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periwinkle

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noun per·i·win·kle \ˈper-i-ˌwiŋ-kəl\

Medical Definition of periwinkle

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




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