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  1. periwinkle2.
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Origin of vinca

1865–70; < New Latin Vinca type genus < Late Latin pervinca periwinkle2
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Examples from the Web for vinca

Historical Examples

  • The pretty Mediterranean Periwinkle (Vinca acutiflora) is in full bloom.

    Wood and Garden

    Gertrude Jekyll

  • Wigand alludes to an instance wherein there was a second pair of carpels above the first in Vinca herbacea.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • In the immediate vicinity of the house, vinca minor (periwinkle) is used as ground cover.

    Green Spring Farm

    Ross Netherton

  • Many choice greenhouse evergreens bearing fine circular flowers and shining foliage are also included under the name of Vinca.

  • Here, as in most parts of India, the Vinca rosea grew luxuriously in every part of the village.

British Dictionary definitions for vinca


  1. See periwinkle 2
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Word Origin

New Latin, from Latin pervinca periwinkle
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vinca in Medicine


  1. A genus of evergreens usually found in the Eastern hemisphere.
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