periwinkle definition

  • noun:
    • Any of several little, frequently edible marine snails, specifically associated with the genus Littorina, having dense, cone-shaped, whorled shells.
    • The shell of every for the periwinkles.
    • any one of a number of shrubby, trailing, evergreen flowers associated with the genus Vinca, specifically V. minor, having glossy, dark green, contrary leaves and flowers with a blue, funnel-shaped corolla. Also known as myrtle.
    • some of several erect natural herbs associated with the genus Catharanthus, especially C. roseus, having blossoms with a rose-pink or white salverform corolla and a closed throat.
    • A pale purplish blue.
    • A color with bluish and purplish hues, notably light.
    • A mollusk of genus Littorina.
    • Any little marine gastropod shell regarding the genus Littorina. The most popular European species (Littorina littorea), in European countries thoroughly utilized as food, has become naturalized abundantly regarding US coast. See littorina.
    • A trailing natural herb of genus Vinca.
    • A plant of genus Vinca, most frequently one or other regarding the familiar garden types, v. major, the bigger, and v. minor, the cheaper periwinkle.
    • a type of seasnail; any family member Littorinidæ, and particularly associated with genus Littorina. See slices under Littorina and Littorinidæ.
    • One of several big whelks or conch-shells, as Busycon (Fulgur) carica, Sycotypus canaliculatus, and different species of Purpura, as P. ostrina, P. lapillus, P. floridana: frequently known as winkles or lines and wrinkles. They're bugs into the oyster-beds.
    • In Australian Continent, a name directed at the gastropod Turbo undulatus.
    • frequently developed Old World woody herb having large pinkish to purple flowers
    • delicious marine gastropod
    • mainly trailing toxic flowers with blue plants
    • tiny edible marine snail; steamed in wine or baked
  • adjective:
    • Of pale bluish purple colour.

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