plural noun

  • [usually treated as singular] A small fleshy plant with tiny white flowers, which grows in damp and wet habitats in temperate regions. The leaves are sometimes eaten in salads.

    • ‘Some are found worldwide such as water blinks and brittle-bladder fern.’
    • ‘Photograph and information on this species, commonly known as Blinks, found in damp places.’
    • ‘Blinks is so called because its tiny greenish-white flowers rarely open fully, fancifully as if they were reluctant to face the sun.’


Late 17th century: from blink in the sense ‘momentary gleam of light’ (referring to the small flowers).