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winkle (n.)

edible mollusk, 1580s, shortening of periwinkle (n.2).

updated on October 25, 2012

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Definitions of winkle from WordNet
1
winkle (v.)
emit or reflect light in a flickering manner;
Synonyms: twinkle / scintillate
winkle (v.)
remove or displace from a position;
Synonyms: winkle out
winkle (v.)
gleam or glow intermittently;
Synonyms: flash / blink / wink / twinkle
2
winkle (n.)
small edible marine snail; steamed in wine or baked;
Synonyms: periwinkle
winkle (n.)
edible marine gastropod;
Synonyms: periwinkle
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