1An Old World plant with flat five-petalled, typically bluish flowers and glossy leaves. Some kinds are grown as ornamentals and some contain alkaloids used in medicine.
- Genera Vinca and Catharanthus, family Apocynaceae
- 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.
1.1 (also periwinkle blue) [mass noun] A purple-blue colour like that of a periwinkle flower: the sky was a clear periwinkle and the sun sparkled like a shiny jewel [as modifier]: Anne was wearing a periwinkle evening gown with small puffed sleeves
More example sentences
- The basic color scheme is a soft buttery yellow for the cabinets, with periwinkle blue on the cabinet handles.
- She bent to retrieve the periwinkle colored ribbon neatly folded on the floor.
- It's a light purple, almost a periwinkle, sleeveless, and with little diamonds all over.
Another term for winkle.
- 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.
Mid 16th century: of unknown origin.
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