Origin: ME pervinke < OE peruince < L pervinca, periwinkle < pervincire, to entwine, bind < per- (see per) + vincire, to bind, fetter < IE base *weig-: see weak
Origin: < OE pinewincle < L pina, mussel (< Gr) + OE -wincle, akin to Dan dial. vinkel, snail shell, OE winkel, corner < IE *weng-, to be curved > winch
See periwinkle in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English *periwinkle
Origin: , probably alteration (influenced by pervinkle, periwinkle (plant))
Origin: of Old English pīnewincle
Origin: : Latin pīna, mussel (from Greek pīnē)
Origin: + Old English -wincel, snail shell.
Origin: Middle English pervinkle
Origin: , diminutive of pervinke
Origin: , from Old English pervince
Origin: , from Latin (vinca) pervinca
Origin: , from pervincīre, to wind about.
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