winkle


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Winkle \Win"kle\, n. [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).
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   Note: These are large mollusks which often destroy large
         numbers of oysters by drilling their shells and sucking
         their blood.
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   Sting winkle, a European spinose marine shell ({Murex
      erinaceus}). See Illust. of Murex.
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