periwinkle 1 |ˈperiˌwi ng kəl|
nounan Old World plant with flat, five-petaled flowers and glossy leaves. Some kinds are grown as ornamentals, and some contain alkaloids used in medicine. • Genera Vinca and Catharanthus, family Apocynaceae.ORIGIN late Old English peruince, from late Latin pervinca, reinforced in Middle English by Anglo-Norman Frenchpervenke. The change of -v- to -w- and the addition of -le seem to have occurred before the appearance of periwinkle 2 . periwinkle 2 |ˈpɛrəˈwɪŋkəl| |ˈpɛriˈwɪŋkəl| |ˈpɛrɪwɪŋk(ə)l|nounanother term for winkle .ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: of unknown origin.hahaha winkle!!!! if you actually took the time to say PERIWINKLE in a British accent congratulations you are awesome!