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 for periwinkle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Periwinkle \Per"i*win`kle\, n. [From AS. pinewincla a shellfish,
     in which pine- is fr. L. pina, pinna, a kind of mussel, akin
     to Gr. ?. Cf. Winkle.] (Zool.)
     Any small marine gastropod shell of the genus Littorina.
     The common European species ({Littorina littorea), in Europe
     extensively used as food, has recently become naturalized
     abundantly on the American coast. See Littorina.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: In America the name is often applied to several large
           univalves, as Fulgur carica, and Fulgur
           canaliculata.
           [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Periwinkle \Per"i*win`kle\, n. [OE. pervenke, AS. pervince, fr.
     L. pervinca.] (Bot.)
     A trailing herb of the genus Vinca.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The common perwinkle ({Vinca minor) has opposite
           evergreen leaves and solitary blue or white flowers in
           their axils. In America it is often miscalled myrtle.
           See under Myrtle.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  periwinkle
      n 1: chiefly trailing poisonous plants with blue flowers
      2: commonly cultivated Old World woody herb having large pinkish
         to red flowers [syn: periwinkle, rose periwinkle,
         Madagascar periwinkle, old maid, Cape periwinkle, red
         periwinkle, cayenne jasmine, Catharanthus roseus, Vinca
         rosea]
      3: small edible marine snail; steamed in wine or baked [syn:
         periwinkle, winkle]
      4: edible marine gastropod [syn: periwinkle, winkle]

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