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Chiefly trailing poisonous plants with blue flowers.
Commonly cultivated Old World woody herb having large pinkish to red flowers.  Synonyms: Cape periwinkle, Catharanthus roseus, cayenne jasmine, Madagascar periwinkle, old maid, red periwinkle, rose periwinkle, Vinca rosea.
Small edible marine snail; steamed in wine or baked.  Synonym: winkle.
Edible marine gastropod.  Synonym: winkle.

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"Periwinkle" Quotes from Famous Books

... ride across to Holland from Harwich under the sea, he finds great mountains "and upon their sides a variety of tall noble trees loaded with marine fruit, such as lobsters, crabs, oysters, scollops, mussels, cockles, &c.," the periwinkle, he observes, is a kind of shrub, it grows at the foot of the oyster tree, and twines round it as the ivy ...
— History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2) • Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange

... lay down in the woods. The trees were half in leaf, the sky was periwinkle blue. Christophe dozed off dreamily, and in his dreams there was the color of the sweet light falling from October clouds. His blood throbbed. He listened to the rushing flood of his ideas. They came from all corners ...
— Jean Christophe: In Paris - The Market-Place, Antoinette, The House • Romain Rolland

... grave, and a broken column wreathed with sculptured ivy, placed on a mound covered with grass. Just behind the former and close to the railing, rose a noble Lombardy poplar that towered even above the elms, and at its base a mass of periwinkle and ground ivy ran hither and thither in luxuriant confusion, clasping a few ambitious tendrils ...
— Infelice • Augusta Jane Evans Wilson

... shady places, it may be necessary to cover the ground with something else than grass. Good plants for such uses are periwinkle (Vinca minor, an evergreen trailer, often called "running myrtle"), moneywort (Lysimachia nummularia), lily-of-the-valley, and various kinds of sedge or carex. In some dark or shady places, and under some kinds of trees, it is practically impossible ...
— Manual of Gardening (Second Edition) • L. H. Bailey

... looked at him, without speaking further for a second or more, Jan Steenbock confronting him as steadfastly and placidly as a periwinkle might have been under the circumstances; while all of us around gazed at them both, open-mouthed ...
— The Island Treasure • John Conroy Hutcheson

... inhabitants, was its greatest mart, from which it was spread among the tribes, both north and east. Wood, describing the Narragansets in 1634, says they "are the most curious minters of the wampompeage and mowhakes which they forme out of the inmost wreaths of periwinkle shels. The northerne, easterne, and westerne Indians fetch all their coyne from these southern mint- masters. From hence they have most of their curious pendants and bracelets; hence they have their great stone pipes which will hold a quarter of an ounce of tobacco." And in regard ...
— The Voyage of Verrazzano • Henry C. Murphy

... early friendship," said the Periwinkle, pensively, as she came and stood before Rusialka. "Even the very old on earth find comfort ...
— The Dumpy Books for Children; - No. 7. A Flower Book • Eden Coybee

Words linked to "Periwinkle" :   genus Vinca, myrtle, Vinca major, Madagascar periwinkle, Catharanthus, genus Littorina, suffrutex, Vinca, seasnail, Vinca minor, Littorina, seafood, red periwinkle, herbaceous plant, genus Catharanthus, subshrub, herb

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