winkle

Definitions

Food

  • A small herbivorous gastropod mollusc, Littorina littorea, up to 2.5 cm long found in most coastal waters and usually sold cooked either shelled or still in its shell. They have to be extracted with a long pin or winkle pick. Rather tasteless and usually eaten with vinegar.

Slang

  • noun the penis. This nursery term is based on the supposed resemblance between a (peri)winkle (a seafood delicacy traditionally associated with working-class outings) and a child’s member.

Travel

  • noun a type of small edible sea-snail
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