periwinkle

Definitions

  • UNDER THE SEA BED Marine Worms, Whelk, Pecten or Scallop and Periwinkle
    UNDER THE SEA BED Marine Worms, Whelk, Pecten or Scallop and Periwinkle
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n periwinkle edible marine gastropod
    • n periwinkle small edible marine snail; steamed in wine or baked
    • n periwinkle commonly cultivated Old World woody herb having large pinkish to red flowers
    • n periwinkle chiefly trailing poisonous plants with blue flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The rosy periwinkle plant, found in Madagascar, is used to cure leukemia.
    • n Periwinkle (Bot) A trailing herb of the genus Vinca.☞ The common perwinkle (Vinca minor) has opposite evergreen leaves and solitary blue or white flowers in their axils. In America it is often miscalled myrtle. See under Myrtle.
    • n Periwinkle (Zoöl) Any small marine gastropod shell of the genus Littorina. The common European species (Littorina littorea), in Europe extensively used as food, has recently become naturalized abundantly on the American coast. See Littorina.☞ In America the name is often applied to several large univalves, as Fulgur carica, and Fulgur canaliculata.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n periwinkle A plant of the genus Vinca, most often one or other of the familiar garden species, v. major, the larger, and v. minor, the lesser periwinkle. These are natives of southern Europe, trailing plants with deep-colored evergreen leaves and blue flowers, in v. minor varying to white—often known as myrtles. The small species is the more hardy, and hence the more common northward. v. herbacea, another European species, differs from these in that its tops die down annually. v. rosea, sometimes called Madagascar periwinkle though native of tropical America, is an erect plant with continuously blooming showy rose-purple or white flowers, excellent for bedding or in the greenhouse.
    • n periwinkle A kind of seasnail; any member of the family Littorinidæ, and especially of the genus Littorina. See cuts under Littorina and Littorinidæ.
    • n periwinkle One of several large whelks or conch-shells, as Busycon (Fulgur) carica, Sycotypus canaliculatus, and various species of Purpura, as P. ostrina, P. lapillus, P. floridana: commonly called winkles or wrinkles. They are pests in the oyster-beds.
    • n periwinkle In Australia, a name given to the gastropod Turbo undulatus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Periwinkle per′i-wingk-l a creeping evergreen plant, growing in woods.
    • n Periwinkle per′i-wingk-l a small univalve mollusc: a small shellfish, abundant between tide-marks on the rocks, boiled and eaten as food.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From AS. pinewincla, a shellfish, in which pine-, is fr. L. pina, pinna, a kind of mussel, akin to Gr. . Cf. Winkle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Corrupted by confusion with preceding from A.S. pinewinclawincle, a whelk; prov. Eng. pin-patch.

Usage

In literature:

We had a heavenly ramble this morning, and found blue periwinkles and anemones in the woods, but no primroses.
"Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915" by Anonymous
Nay, Periwinkle was missing!
"A Book of Quaker Saints" by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
Ella says she saw some periwinkles and young ferns there, and we need, oh!
"A Houseful of Girls" by Sarah Tytler
Suddenly Periwinkle clutched his sister's hand.
"Pearl and Periwinkle" by Anna Graetz
Mr. Periwinkle dotes upon travellers, and believes more of Sir John Mandeville than he does of the Bible.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
Nor it's not periwinkles.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
Don't you see this, Periwinkle?
"Six Months at the Cape" by R.M. Ballantyne
The streets were paved with huge clam shells, and the sidewalks were of periwinkle shells cemented together.
"The Enchanted Island" by Fannie Louise Apjohn
They soon collected quite a notable quantity of mussels and periwinkles, which they could eat raw.
"Godfrey Morgan" by Jules Verne
Lots of people eat them, and periwinkles too.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
He must have looked like a periwinkle stuck in his shell.
"The Queen's Scarlet" by George Manville Fenn
The latch was clearly out of Periwinkle's reach.
"Duffels" by Edward Eggleston
A northern designation for a periwinkle.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
I am sure the periwinkles and the gulls must be pleasant company compared to you.
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
Dark as were his thoughts his blue eyes were as soft as the periwinkle.
"Peter and Wendy" by James Matthew Barrie
The periwinkle bed was blue with flowers, the daffodils were just opening their bright cups.
"Eyebright" by Susan Coolidge
Her eyes were as blue as periwinkles and full of tenderness and love.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
PERIWINKLE, sterility of, in England, ii.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
I can hear the periwinkle man coming, and he's never late.
"People of Position" by Stanley Portal Hyatt
Had they, like some other kinds of periwinkle, a sharp spire, how many would be the casualties under these circumstances!
"Stories of the Universe: Animal Life" by B. Lindsay
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In poetry:

Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And 'tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.
"Lines Written In Early Spring" by William Wordsworth
"Tell us of thy food,--those half-marine refections,
Crinoids on the shell and Brachipods au naturel,--
Cuttlefish to which the pieuvre of Victor Hugo
Seems a periwinkle.
"To The Pliocene Skull" by Francis Bret Harte
Mr. Hezekiah Hinkle
Saw a patient Periwinkle
With a kodak, sitting idly by a rill.
Feeling a desire awaken
For to have his picture taken,
Mr. Hezekiah Hinkle stood stock-still.
"A Photographic Failure" by Carolyn Wells
Mr. Hezekiah Hinkle
Felt his brow begin to wrinkle,
And his pose assume a sad and solemn style;
But the Periwinkle trusted,
As the focus he adjusted,
That his customer would kindly try to smile.
"A Photographic Failure" by Carolyn Wells
Mr. Hezekiah Hinkle
Felt his eyes begin to twinkle,
And his mouth took on a broad and open grin;
Said the Periwinkle, sadly,
"If you stretch your jaw so madly,
I fear perhaps that I shall tumble in."
"A Photographic Failure" by Carolyn Wells
Mr. Hezekiah Hinkle
Said, "I fear it's going to sprinkle,
And really for a storm I'm not prepared."
Then without a further warning
He politely said, "Good morning,"
And the patient Periwinkle stood and stared.
"A Photographic Failure" by Carolyn Wells

In news:

This Sunday, March 20 from 9 am to 3 pm, the Sanibel Captiva Art League will hold its annual Clothesline Art Sale at the Sanibel Community House, located at 2173 Periwinkle Way.
The generous merchants of Tahitian Gardens (1975 Periwinkle Way) and The Village Shops (2340 Periwinkle Way), managed by the Royal Shell Companies, kick off their FISH Holiday Food Drive.
"I'm not a blue person, so this room meant stepping outside my comfort zone," Oprah says as we take in the soft periwinkle blues, creams, camels, and rich chocolate browns of her library.
Eva and Aishwarya Rai (in a periwinkle Elie Saab Couture gown) showed off their dramatic gowns on the red carpet.
The puzzling nature of Madagascar periwinkle .
You can create a free Tinker Bell & Periwinkle fairy.
Sydney George, 5, of Calgary meets Tinker Bell, center, and sister Periwinkle , left, at Disneyland's Pixie Hollow.
The puzzling nature of Madagascar periwinkle.
The day finally arrived when Periwinkle was no longer a vast parking lot.
On the Edge is located at 2340 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.
Three Crafty Ladies is located at 1628 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.
Aqua Beachware is a Lee County based chain with headquarters in Fort Myers and a retail store in Periwinkle Place on Sanibel Island.
The Neighbor 's Club is headquartered at the offices of Hillgate Communications (2451 Periwinkle Way).
The Blue Giraffe restaurant in the Periwinkle Shops touches on all of them.
In nautical red, bright yellow, blue periwinkle, wild rose, dark royal blue and ivy dot, starfish, and lobster prints.
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In science:

We consider the data described in Fisher and Lee (1992) regarding the distance traveled by 31 small blue periwinkles (Nodilittorina unifasciata) after they have moved down-shore from the height at which they normally live.
Local power of the LR, Wald, score and gradient tests in dispersion models
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