I. noun Etymology: Middle English perwinke, from Old English perwince, from Vulgar Latin *pervinca, short for Latin vincapervinca Date: before 12th century 1. any of several trailing or woody evergreen herbs of the dogbane family: as a. (1) a European creeper (Vinca minor) widely cultivated as a ground cover and for its blue or white flowers — called also myrtle (2) a trailing plant (Vinca major) with large blue flowers that is used as a ground cover and in window boxes b. rosy periwinkle 2. a light purplish blue — called also periwinkle blue II. noun Etymology: Middle English *periwinkle, alteration of Old English pīnewincle, from Latin pina, a kind of mussel (from Greek) + Old English -wincle (akin to Danish vincle snail shell) Date: circa 1530 any of various gastropod mollusks: as a. any of a genus (Littorina) of edible littoral marine snails; also any of various similar or related marine snails b. any of several North American freshwater snails

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