Periwinkle meaning

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A pale purplish blue.
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Any of various marine snails of the family Littorinidae, having thick, cone-shaped, whorled shells, especially Littorina littorea, an edible species of the North Atlantic Ocean.
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The shell or the flesh of any of these snails.
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Any of several shrubby, trailing, evergreen plants of the genus Vinca, especially V. minor, having glossy, dark green, opposite leaves and flowers with a blue, funnel-shaped corolla.
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Any of several erect herbs of the genus Catharanthus, especially C. roseus, having flowers with a rose-pink or white salverform corolla and a closed throat.
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Any of two genera (Vinca or Catharanthus) of trailing or erect, evergreen plants of the dogbane family; esp., a creeper (V. minor) with blue, white, or pink flowers, grown as a ground cover.
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Any of a family (Littorinidae) of small, intertidal saltwater snails having a thick, globular shell: some species are edible.
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The shell of such a snail.
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Any of several evergreen plants of the genus Vinca with blue or white flowers. [from 10th c.]
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A color with bluish and purplish hues, somewhat light.

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Of pale bluish purple colour.
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A mollusk of genus Littorina.
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Origin of periwinkle

  • Middle English periwinkle probably alteration (influenced by pervinkle periwinkle (plant)) of Old English pīnewincle Latin pīna mussel (from Greek pīnē) Old English -wincel snail shell

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English pervinkle diminutive of pervinke from Old English pervince from Latin (vinca) pervinca from pervincīre to wind about

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English, alteration of *pinewinkle (compare English dialectal pennywinkle), from Old English pÄ«newincle, compound of Latin pÄ«na 'kind of mussel', itself from Ancient Greek pîna, variant of pínna 'mussel') and -wincle (compare Danish dial. vinkel 'snail shell'), from wincel 'corner'. More at winch and wink.

    From Wiktionary

  • Diminutive of Middle English perwinke, from Old English perfince, perwince (compare Middle High German berwinke), from Latin (vinca) pervinca (compare French pervenche, Italian pervinca), of unknown origin.

    From Wiktionary