Win"kle (?), n. [AS. wincle.] Zool. (a)
Any periwinkle. Holland
Any one of various marine spiral gastropods, esp., in the United States, either of two species of Fulgar (F. canaliculata, and F. carica).
⇒ 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.
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