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[suh-lal, sa-] /səˈlæl, sæ-/
an evergreen shrub, Gaultheria shallon, of the heath family, native to the western coast of North America, having leathery, oblong leaves and clusters of pink or white flowers and purplish-black fruit.
Origin of salal
1815-25, Americanism; < Chinook Jargon sallal < Lower Chinook sálal Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • As we did go along, the leaves of salal did make little rustles.

    The Story of Opal Opal Whiteley
  • A beetle went across the path and a salal bush did nod itself to us.

    The Story of Opal Opal Whiteley
  • There will be mining and trading towns at numerous points between Seattle and salal Prairie.

    A Report on Washington Territory William Henry Ruffner
  • The salal (Gaultheria Shallon), which forms a carpet to the ground, especially where the soil is poor.

    The Adventures of John Jewitt

    John Rodgers Jewitt
  • salal, Oregon grape, and huckleberry bushes take the place of the taller undergrowth of the valleys.

  • He could distinguish colors—a blue skirt, the deep green of salal and second-growth cedar, the weathered hue of the walls.

    The Hidden Places Bertrand W. Sinclair

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