Definition of blinks in English:

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blinks

Pronunciation: /blɪŋks/
(also water blinks)

plural noun

[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
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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