Win·kle n. 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.
n 1: small edible marine snail; steamed in wine or baked [syn: periwinkle]
2: edible marine gastropod [syn: periwinkle]
v 1: emit or reflect light in a flickering manner; "Does a
constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?"
[syn: twinkle, scintillate]
2: gleam or glow intermittently; "The lights were flashing"
[syn: flash, blink, wink, twinkle]
3: remove or displace from a position [syn: winkle out]