winkled

winkle

[wing-kuhl] British.
noun
1.
any of various marine gastropods; periwinkle.
verb (used with object), winkled, winkling.
2.
Informal. to pry (something) out of a place, as winkle meat is dug out of its shell with a pin (usually followed by out ).

Origin:
1575–85; short for periwinkle

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winkle (ˈwɪŋkəl)
 
n
1.  See periwinkle
 
vb
2.  informal chiefly (Brit) (tr; usually foll by out, out of, etc) to extract or prise out
 
[C16: shortened from periwinkle1]

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winkle
edible mollusk, 1585, shortening of periwinkle (2).
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