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winkle

[wing-kuh l] /ˈwɪŋ kəl/ British
noun
1.
any of various marine gastropods; periwinkle1 .
verb (used with object), winkled, winkling.
2.
Informal. to pry (something) out of a place, as winkle meat is dug out of its shell with a pin (usually followed by out).
Origin of winkle
1575-1585
First recorded in 1575-85; short for periwinkle1
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winkle

/ˈwɪŋkəl/
noun
1.
See periwinkle1
verb
2.
(transitive; usually foll by out, out of, etc) (informal, mainly Brit) to extract or prise out
Word Origin
C16: shortened from periwinkle1
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Word Origin and History for winkle
n.

edible mollusk, 1580s, shortening of periwinkle (n.2).

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