1520-30; perhaps reflecting (through assimilation to periwinkle2) Old Englishpīnewincle, equivalent to pīne (< Latinpīna < Greekpîna, variant of pínna kind of mollusk) + wincle, cognate with dialectal Danishvinkel snail shell
[per-i-wing-kuh l] /ˈpɛr ɪˌwɪŋ kəl/
Also called myrtle. a trailing plant, Vinca minor, of the dogbane family, having glossy, evergreen foliage and usually blue-violet flowers.
any of several similar plants of the genus Vinca or Catharanthus.
before 1000; earlier pervinkle,perwinkle, alteration (see -le) of Middle Englishperwinke,pervinke < Anglo-Frenchpervenke (Old Frenchpervenche) < Late Latinpervinca,Latinvi(n)capervi(n)ca; compare Old Englishperuince,Middle High Germanber(e)winke < Late Latinpervinca
The basic color scheme is a soft buttery yellow for the cabinets, with periwinkle blue on the cabinet handles.
We rolled periwinkle blue latex paint on as our background color for the canvas mats at top.
The fir deck is painted spruce gray to complement the periwinkle stucco walls screening the hot tub.
From burnt sienna to periwinkle, the crayons stood at attention, immaculate and pointy with possibilities.
Glee's resident rump-shaker took a fashion risk in a plunging periwinkle gown with a ruffled bottom.
Vincristine, which is an important drug for lymphoma and leukemia, comes from periwinkle.
Common periwinkle is adapted to a wide range of soils.
Decorative patterns include punctations with periwinkle shells and reeds, and pinching with shells and fingernails.
The rosy periwinkle plant holds the key to fighting rare blood cancers.
British Dictionary definitions for periwinkle
any of various edible marine gastropods of the genus Littorina, esp L. littorea, having a spirally coiled shell Often shortened to winkle
C16: of unknown origin
Also called (US) creeping myrtle, trailing myrtle. any of several Eurasian apocynaceous evergreen plants of the genus Vinca, such as V. minor (lesser periwinkle) and V. major (greater periwinkle), having trailing stems and blue flowers
a light purplish-blue colour
(as adjective) a periwinkle coat
C14 pervenke, from Old English perwince, from Late Latin pervinca
"evergreen plant," 1501, dim. of parvink (12c.), from O.E. perwince, from L.L. pervinca "periwinkle" (4c.), from L., from pervincire "to entwine, bind," from per- "thoroughly" + vincire "to bind, fetter."
"kind of sea snail," 1530, alt. of O.E. pinewincle, probably by infl. of M.E. parvink (see periwinkle (1)), from O.E. pine- (probably from L. pina "mussel," from Gk. pine) + wincel "corner."