sting winkle


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sting \Sting\, n. [AS. sting a sting. See Sting, v. t.]
   1. (Zool.) Any sharp organ of offense and defense, especially
      when connected with a poison gland, and adapted to inflict
      a wound by piercing; as the caudal sting of a scorpion.
      The sting of a bee or wasp is a modified ovipositor. The
      caudal sting, or spine, of a sting ray is a modified
      dorsal fin ray. The term is sometimes applied to the fang
      of a serpent. See Illust. of Scorpion.
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   2. (Bot.) A sharp-pointed hollow hair seated on a gland which
      secrets an acrid fluid, as in nettles. The points of these
      hairs usually break off in the wound, and the acrid fluid
      is pressed into it.
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   3. Anything that gives acute pain, bodily or mental; as, the
      stings of remorse; the stings of reproach.
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            The sting of death is sin.            --1 Cor. xv.
                                                  56.
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   4. The thrust of a sting into the flesh; the act of stinging;
      a wound inflicted by stinging. "The lurking serpent's
      mortal sting." --Shak.
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   5. A goad; incitement. --Shak.
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   6. The point of an epigram or other sarcastic saying.
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   Sting moth (Zool.), an Australian moth ({Doratifera
      vulnerans}) whose larva is armed, at each end of the body,
      with four tubercles bearing powerful stinging organs.

   Sting ray. (Zool.) See under 6th Ray.

   Sting winkle (Zool.), a spinose marine univalve shell of
      the genus Murex, as the European species ({Murex
      erinaceus}). See Illust. of Murex.
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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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