Definition of periwinkle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    periwinkle

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈperiwɪŋkl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈperiwɪŋkl//
     
    Invertebrates
     
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a small plant that grows along the ground
  2. 2(British English also winkle) [countable] a small shellfish, like a snail, that can be eaten See related entries: Invertebrates
  3. Word Origin sense 1 late Old English peruince, from late Latin pervinca, reinforced in Middle English by Anglo-Norman French pervenke. The change of -v- to -w- and the addition of -le seem to have occurred before the appearance of periwinkle ‘winkle’. sense 2 mid 16th cent.: of unknown origin.
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