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periwinkle

noun per·i·win·kle \ ˈper-i-ˌwiŋ-kəl \

Definition of periwinkle

1 :any of several trailing or woody evergreen herbs of the dogbane family: such 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
2 :a light purplish blue called also periwinkle blue

Origin and Etymology of periwinkle

Middle English perwinke, from Old English perwince, from Vulgar Latin *pervinca, short for Latin vincapervinca


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periwinkle

noun

Definition of periwinkle

:any of various gastropod mollusks: such 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 and Etymology of periwinkle

Middle English *periwinkle, alteration of Old English pīnewincle, from Latin pina, a kind of mussel (from Greek) + Old English -wincle (akin to Danish vincle snail shell)


PERIWINKLE Defined for Kids

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periwinkle

noun per·i·win·kle \ ˈper-i-ˌwiŋ-kəl \

Definition of periwinkle for Students

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

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periwinkle

noun

Definition of periwinkle for Students

:a small snail that lives along rocky seashores

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periwinkle

noun per·i·win·kle \ ˈper-i-ˌwiŋ-kəl \

medical Definition of periwinkle

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

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