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pipsissewa

[pip-sis-uh-wuh, -waw]
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noun
  1. 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

    Alan Douglas


British Dictionary definitions for pipsissewa

pipsissewa

noun
  1. any of several ericaceous plants of the Asian and American genus Chimaphila, having jagged evergreen leaves and white or pinkish flowersAlso called: wintergreen

Word Origin

C19: from Cree pipisisikweu, literally: it breaks it into pieces, so called because it was believed to be efficacious in treating bladder stones
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