- any evergreen plant of the genus Chimaphila, especially C. umbellata, the leaves of which are used medicinally for their tonic, diuretic, and astringent properties.
Origin of pipsissewa
1780–90, Americanism; perhaps < Eastern Abenaki kpi-pskwáhsawe literally, flower of the woods
Also called prince's-pine.
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Growing alongside of it you are very likely to find the Pipsissewa, with its beautiful perfume and ever-green leaves.Woodcraft
- any of several ericaceous plants of the Asian and American genus Chimaphila, having jagged evergreen leaves and white or pinkish flowersAlso called: wintergreen
C19: from Cree pipisisikweu, literally: it breaks it into pieces, so called because it was believed to be efficacious in treating bladder stones