rosy periwinkle

noun

Definition of rosy periwinkle

: a commonly cultivated subshrub (Catharanthus roseus synonym Vinca rosea) of the dogbane family that is native to the Old World tropics and is the source of several antineoplastic drugs

called also Madagascar periwinkle, periwinkle

First Known Use of rosy periwinkle

1982, in the meaning defined above

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“Rosy periwinkle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rosy%20periwinkle. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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rosy periwinkle

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Medical Definition of rosy periwinkle

: a commonly cultivated shrub (Catharanthus roseus synonym Vinca rosea) of the dogbane family (Apocynaceae) that is native to the Old World tropics and is the source of several antineoplastic drugs (as vinblastine and vincristine)

called also Madagascar periwinkle, periwinkle

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