There are 2 definitions of periwinkle in English:

periwinkle1

Line breaks: peri|win¦kle
Pronunciation: /ˈpɛrɪwɪŋk(ə)l
 
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noun

  • An Old World plant with flat five-petalled flowers and glossy leaves. Some kinds are grown as ornamentals and some contain alkaloids used in medicine.
    • Genera Vinca and Catharanthus, family Apocynaceae
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    • At the base of a tree, for example, you might have better luck with wood chips or shade-loving ornamental plants like ivy, periwinkle, or pachysandra.
    • You can even plant periwinkle, bugle and ground ivy in the gaps in your log or rock pile - this could make a fun project for an older child.
    • Like Mexican heather, periwinkles are tender.

Origin

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 periwinkle2.

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There are 2 definitions of periwinkle in English:

periwinkle2

Line breaks: peri|win¦kle
Pronunciation: /ˈpɛrɪwɪŋk(ə)l
 
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noun

  • another term for winkle.
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    • Here the interior is inlaid with millions of beautiful shells, scallops, paloudres, clams, periwinkles, mussels, oysters and rogans.
    • The fish in this dish consists of whatever the fishermen caught earlier that morning - usually prawns, mussels, periwinkles, cod and sometimes octopus.
    • In 1881, a thunderstorm in Worcester brought down tons of periwinkles and hermit crabs.

Origin

mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

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