- any of various marine gastropods or sea snails, especially Littorina littorea, used for food in Europe.
- the shell of any of these animals.
Origin of periwinkle1
- Also called myrtle. a trailing plant, Vinca minor, of the dogbane family, having glossy, evergreen foliage and usually blue-violet flowers.
- any of several similar plants of the genus Vinca or Catharanthus.
- a blue-violet color.
Origin of periwinkle2
Examples from the Web for periwinkle
Periwinkle and Pearl were also there, taking their first skating lesson.
It was Periwinkle's voice however that called him back again.
In the heart of Periwinkle a new fire was kindled, a new shrine built.
She could easily sympathize with Periwinkle in his aversion for her.
Dark as were his thoughts his blue eyes were as soft as the periwinkle.Peter and Wendy
James Matthew Barrie
- any of various edible marine gastropods of the genus Littorina, esp L. littorea, having a spirally coiled shellOften shortened to: winkle
- Also called (US): creeping myrtle, trailing myrtle any of several Eurasian apocynaceous evergreen plants of the genus Vinca, such as V. minor (lesser periwinkle) and V. major (greater periwinkle), having trailing stems and blue flowers
- a light purplish-blue colour
- (as adjective)a periwinkle coat
Word Origin and History for periwinkle
kind of sea snail, 1520s, apparently an alteration of Old English pinewincle (probably by influence of Middle English parvink; see periwinkle (n.1)); from Old English pine-, which probably is from Latin pina "mussel," from Greek pine. The second element is wincel "corner; spiral shell," from Proto-Germanic *winkil-, from PIE root *weng- "to bend, curve" (see wink (v.)).