American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several small, often edible marine snails, especially of the genus Littorina, having thick, cone-shaped, whorled shells.
- n. The shell of any of the periwinkles.
- n. 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. Also called myrtle.
- n. 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.
- n. A pale purplish blue.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Vinca, most often one or other of the familiar garden species, v. major, the larger, and v. minor, the lesser periwinkle. These are natives of southern Europe, trailing plants with deep-colored evergreen leaves and blue flowers, in v. minor varying to white—often known as myrtles. The small species is the more hardy, and hence the more common northward. v. herbacea, another European species, differs from these in that its tops die down annually. v. rosea, sometimes called
Madagascar periwinklethough native of tropical America, is an erect plant with continuously blooming showy rose-purple or white flowers, excellent for bedding or in the greenhouse.
- n. A kind of seasnail; any member of the family Littorinidæ, and especially of the genus Littorina. See cuts under Littorina and Littorinidæ.
- n. One of several large whelks or conch-shells, as Busycon (Fulgur) carica, Sycotypus canaliculatus, and various species of Purpura, as P. ostrina, P. lapillus, P. floridana: commonly called winkles or wrinkles. They are pests in the oyster-beds.
- n. In Australia, a name given to the gastropod Turbo undulatus.
- n. A mollusk of genus Littorina.
- n. A color with bluish and purplish hues, somewhat light.
- adj. Of pale bluish purple colour.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any small marine gastropod shell of the genus Littorina. The common European species (Littorina littorea), in Europe extensively used as food, has recently become naturalized abundantly on the American coast. See littorina.
- n. (Bot.) A trailing herb of the genus Vinca.
- n. commonly cultivated Old World woody herb having large pinkish to red flowers
- n. edible marine gastropod
- n. chiefly trailing poisonous plants with blue flowers
- n. small edible marine snail; steamed in wine or baked
- Middle English, alteration of *pinewinkle (compare English dialectal pennywinkle), from Old English pīnewincle, compound of Latin pīna '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. (Wiktionary)
- 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.Middle English pervinkle, diminutive of pervinke, from Old English pervince, from Latin (vinca) pervinca, from pervincīre, to wind about. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And the ones I tried on were brown; the model's are in periwinkle pinstripes!”
“The Insufferable Know-It-All: Might have looked better in periwinkle.”
“The periwinkle is a kind of shrub; it grows at the foot of the oyster-tree, and twines round it as the ivy does the oak.”
“The sky is a deep grey-white, with the faintest hint of that shade of purple that I still know of as "periwinkle," because that's what it was called in my box of 100 Crayolas, when I was a kid.”
“To encourage relaxation in the rooms where people gather family rooms, living rooms, large kitchens consider warmer blues, such as periwinkle, or bright blues, such as cerulean or turquoise.”
“The blue flower looks like some sort of miniaturized "periwinkle".”
“Maybe a long association with the poor is to blame, possibly its familiarity as a playground euphemism or just the fact that it is impossible to eat one with any degree of decorum (its less familiar name "periwinkle" comes from the old English for "winding mussel").”
“Jeans with elaborate detailing on the pockets, shirts in colors such as periwinkle, heather, golden pear and hollyberry, T-shirts, crews and polos in soft pima cotton, and a good pair of loafers, says Tom Purdy, men's manager for Dillard's.”
“a medieval prototype of Winkle, is explained as for "periwinkle," whereas it is a common Middle-English word, existing now in the shortened form wench, and means Child.”
“Felix et errabunda XLVI opening my curtains to golden autumn sunlight and a periwinkle blue sky”
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