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periwinkle

Noun

1 chiefly trailing poisonous plants with blue flowers
2 commonly cultivated Old World woody herb having large pinkish to red flowers [syn: rose periwinkle, Madagascar periwinkle, old maid, Cape periwinkle, red periwinkle, cayenne jasmine, Catharanthus roseus, Vinca rosea]
3 small edible marine snail; steamed in wine or baked [syn: winkle]
4 edible marine gastropod [syn: winkle]

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English

Pronunciation

(US) IPA: /ˈpɛriˌwɪŋkəl/

Noun

  1. an evergreen plant of genus Vinca with blue or white flowers.
  2. A color with bluish and purplish hues, somewhat light.
    periwinkle colour:   
  3. a mollusk of genus Littorina, sometimes called winkle

Synonyms

plant
mollusk

Translations

plant
colour
mollusk

Adjective

periwinkle
  1. of pale bluish purple colour.
colour

Derived terms

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