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winkle definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: small edible marine snail; steamed in wine or baked [syn: periwinkle, winkle]
2: edible marine gastropod [syn: periwinkle, winkle] v
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]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: by shortening Date: 1585 periwinkle II II. intransitive verb (winkled; winkling) Etymology: frequentative of wink Date: 1791 twinkle III. transitive verb (winkled; winkling) Etymology: 1winkle; from the process of extracting a winkle from its shell Date: 1918 1. chiefly British to displace, remove, or evict from a position usually used with out 2. chiefly British to obtain or draw out by effort usually used with out <no attempt to winkle out why they do it Joan Bakewell>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. any edible marine gastropod mollusc of the genus Littorina; a periwinkle. --v.tr. (foll. by out) esp. Brit. extract or eject (winkled the information out of them). Phrases and idioms: winkle-picker sl. a shoe with a long pointed toe. Derivatives: winkler n. Etymology: abbr. of PERIWINKLE(2): cf. WIG(1)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Winkle Win"kle, n. [AS. wincle.] (Zo["o]l.) (a) Any periwinkle. --Holland. (b) Any one of various marine spiral gastropods, esp., in the United States, either of two species of Fulgar (F. canaliculata, and F. 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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(winkles, winkling, winkled) Winkles are small sea snails that can be eaten. (BRIT; in AM, use periwinkles) = periwinkle N-COUNT



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