Meaning of periwinkle

per•i•win•kle

Pronunciation: (per'i-wing"kul), [key]
— n.
  1. any of various marine gastropods or sea snails, esp. Littorina littorea, used for food in Europe.
  2. the shell of any of these animals.

per•i•win•kle

Pronunciation: (per'i-wing"kul), [key]
— n.
  1. Also calleda trailing plant, Vinca minor, of the dogbane family, having glossy, evergreen foliage and usually blue-violet flowers.
  2. any of several similar plants of the genus Vinca or Catharanthus.
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