Definition of blinks in English:


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Pronunciation: /blɪŋks
(also water blinks)


[usually treated as singular]
  • A small fleshy plant with tiny white flowers, which grows in damp and wet habitats in temperate regions. The leaves are sometimes eaten in salads.
    • Montia fontana, family Portulacaceae
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    • Some are found worldwide such as water blinks and brittle-bladder fern.
    • Photograph and information on this species, commonly known as Blinks, found in damp places.
    • Blinks is so called because its tiny greenish-white flowers rarely open fully, fancifully as if they were reluctant to face the sun.


late 17th century: from blink in the sense 'momentary gleam of light' (referring to the small flowers).

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