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Any of various periwinkles of the genus Vinca or the closely related genus Catharanthus.
[New Latin Vinca, genus name, from Latin vinca (pervinca), periwinkle; see periwinkle2.]
(Plants) See periwinkle2
[New Latin, from Latin pervinca periwinkle]
per•i•win•kle1(ˈpɛr ɪˌwɪŋ kəl)
any of various small gastropod mollusks of the family Littorinidae, of intertidal waters.
[1520–30; perhaps reflecting (through assimilation to periwinkle2) Old English pīnewincle=pīne (< Latin pīna < Greek pîna, variant of pínna kind of mollusk) + wincle, c. dial. Dan vinkel snail shell]
per•i•win•kle2(ˈpɛr ɪˌwɪŋ kəl)
any plant of the genus Vinca, of the dogbane family, esp. V. minor, having glossy evergreen foliage and usu. blue-violet flowers.Also called myrtle.
[before 1000; earlier pervinkle, perwinkle, alter. (see -le) of Middle English perwinke, pervinke < Anglo-French pervenke (Old French pervenche) < Late Latin pervinca, Latin vi(n)capervi(n)ca; compare Old English peruince, Middle High German ber(e)winke < Late Latin]
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|Noun||1.||Vinca - periwinkles: low creeping evergreen perennials|
dicot genus, magnoliopsid genus - genus of flowering plants having two cotyledons (embryonic leaves) in the seed which usually appear at germination
Apocynaceae, dogbane family, family Apocynaceae - chiefly tropical trees or shrubs or herbs having milky juice and often showy flowers; many are sources of drugs
periwinkle - chiefly trailing poisonous plants with blue flowers