winkle

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Winkle \Win"kle\, noun [AS. wincle.] (Zool.) (a) Any periwinkle. --Holland. (b) Any one of various marine spiral gastropods, esp., in the United States, either of two species of {Fulgar} ({Fulgar canaliculata}, and {Fulgar carica}).

Note: These are large mollusks which often destroy large numbers of oysters by drilling their shells and sucking their blood.

{Sting winkle}, a European spinose marine shell ({Murex erinaceus}). See Illust. of {Murex}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

winkle

noun

1: small edible marine snail; steamed in wine or baked [syn: {periwinkle}, {winkle}]

2: edible marine gastropod [syn: {periwinkle}, {winkle}]

verb

1: emit or reflect light in a flickering manner; "Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?" [syn: {twinkle}, {winkle}, {scintillate}]

2: gleam or glow intermittently; "The lights were flashing" [syn: {flash}, {blink}, {wink}, {twinkle}, {winkle}]

3: remove or displace from a position [syn: {winkle}, {winkle out}]


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