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Winkle is a common name applied to numerous different species of small, round, usually edible, snails. These are often species of sea snails, also some small round freshwater snails, and even some land snails that have an operculum.

Winkle may refer to:

  • Common periwinkle, an edible marine intertidal species found in Europe and North America
  • Any species within the family Littorinidae, the winkles, small intertidal sea snails
  • Some edible species of nerites which are also small aquatic snails, some marine, some freshwater
  • Sometimes applied to certain land species that have an operculum, such as Pomatias elegans, the land winkle

As a verb:

  • to winkle out -- to extract something with some difficulty, based on removing the meat from a periwinkle using a pin

Thus also:



  • "Rip Van Winkle", a short story by American author Washington Irving