from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of the shrubby, evergreen plants of the genus Vinca, which includes the periwinkle.

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  • n. Any of several evergreen shrubs, of the genus Vinca, including the periwinkle

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of gamopetalous plants, of the order Apocynaceæ, tribe Plumerieæ, and subtribe Euplumerieæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. periwinkles: low creeping evergreen perennials


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin Vinca, genus name, from Latin vinca (pervinca), periwinkle; see periwinkle2.


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  • Periwinkles, also known as vinca, are one of the most popular warm-season annual bedding plants used in landscapes.

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  • So if you just want to hold a shady slope in place then plants such as vinca are wonderful.

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  • Various beds to the front feature seasonal plantings such as vinca, probably better known here as perriwinkle.

  • Here its name was periwinkle, and in his pharmacy studies Rabih learned it was the source for vinca, used in chemotherapy.

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  • Put simply, the kids are blasted with the highest doses of the most chemotherapy drugs they can stand — steroids and vinca alkaloids, asparaginase and anthracyclines and more.

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  • There are now a couple of Italian dealers, Francesca Martire ( ) and Vincenzo Caffarella ( ), on the ground floor.

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  • The ephemerals are so lovely, but it was especially nice for me to see a well-behaved vinca, with much prettier blooms than the usual one and named for my home state, apparently.

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  • This vinca climbs like a vine, I have to cut it out of large Chamaecyparis and it will envelop azaleas.

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  • This large concrete pot is planted with a mix of Sedum ‘Matrona’ and purple Gomphrena with some white vinca and coleus barely peeking out.

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