any of various marine gastropods or sea snails, especially Littorina littorea, used for food in Europe.
the shell of any of these animals.
Other definitions for periwinkle (2 of 2)
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.
- per·i·win·kled, adjective
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How to use periwinkle in a sentence
Mom explains, quietly, that this is periwinkle, an equal mixture of pink and blue, the only reveal that honors the power of their child to define him, her or their self, without the weight of the world’s oppressive expectations.Gene Weingarten: I’ve got a few gender-reveal ideas for parents | Gene Weingarten | May 20, 2021 | Washington Post
I envy the insiders only until the sun begins to set and the sky goes from pink to blue to periwinkle.L’Auberge Chez Francois is ready for its close-up, yet again | Tom Sietsema | April 9, 2021 | Washington Post
According to Fashion Snoops, blue overtook pink on the runways as the most popular color for spring and summer 2021, so you might expect to see more periwinkle hues next season.Tech-savvy fashion forecasters already know what you’ll be wearing in two years | Rachael Zisk | February 10, 2021 | Popular-Science
Harvesters should check with state agencies to learn waters where periwinkles can be taken and are safe to eat.14 wild edibles you can pull right out of the ocean | By Bob McNally/Field & Stream | October 19, 2020 | Popular-Science
While periwinkles are small, they produce a surprisingly large volume of meat.14 wild edibles you can pull right out of the ocean | By Bob McNally/Field & Stream | October 19, 2020 | Popular-Science
Miss Tucker here held the slate up in front of her and stared at the picture of periwinkle.
The little grandchild, periwinkle, sat on the floor with that funny-serious air that belonged to her chubby face.
And now that Henrietta was in trouble, the little Illinois periwinkle had gone off in her self-reliant fashion to see about it.
There were times when the memory of her country home and little periwinkle came into her mind like a fresh breeze from the hills.
But the old lady persisted, and, above all, little periwinkle informed Rob that she was going down to see about Henrietta.
British Dictionary definitions for periwinkle (1 of 2)
any of various edible marine gastropods of the genus Littorina, esp L. littorea, having a spirally coiled shell: Often shortened to: winkle
British Dictionary definitions for periwinkle (2 of 2)
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
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