periwinkle

A periwinkle is a tiny snail that lives in the Atlantic Ocean. Some east coast beaches are covered with small stones, shells, and periwinkles. It’s also a color, a purplish-blue, just like the flowers on a periwinkle plant.

You might see periwinkles as you walk along the sea shore, and you may even see them on some restaurant menus, especially in coastal areas of the UK, where they're commonly called winkles. Another kind of periwinkle is the blue-flowered plant also called vinca, as well as the shade of purplish blue that was named for the flowers. Periwinkle is fun to say.

Primary Meanings of periwinkle

1.
n
small edible marine snail; steamed in wine or baked
2.
n
commonly cultivated Old World woody herb having large pinkish to red flowers
Full Definitions of periwinkle
1

n small edible marine snail; steamed in wine or baked

Synonyms:
winkle
Type of:
seafood
edible fish (broadly including freshwater fish) or shellfish or roe etc

n edible marine gastropod

Synonyms:
winkle
Type of:
seasnail
any of several creeping marine gastropods with a spirally coiled shell: whelks; tritons; moon shells; neritids
2

n commonly cultivated Old World woody herb having large pinkish to red flowers

Synonyms:
Cape periwinkle, Catharanthus roseus, Madagascar periwinkle, Vinca rosea, cayenne jasmine, old maid, red periwinkle, rose periwinkle
Type of:
herb, herbaceous plant
a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests

n chiefly trailing poisonous plants with blue flowers

Types:
Vinca minor, myrtle
widely cultivated as a groundcover for its dark green shiny leaves and usually blue-violet flowers
Vinca major, large periwinkle
plant having variegated foliage and used for window boxes
Type of:
subshrub, suffrutex
low-growing woody shrub or perennial with woody base

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