[ kin-i-kuh-nik ]
/ ˌkɪn ɪ kəˈnɪk /


a mixture of bark, dried leaves, and sometimes tobacco, formerly smoked by the Indians and pioneers in the Ohio valley.
any of various plants used in this mixture, especially the common bearberry, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, of the heath family.

Words nearby kinnikinnick

Also kin·ni·kin·nic, kin·ni·ki·nick, kin·ni·ki·nic, kin·ni·kin·nik, killickinnic.

Origin of kinnikinnick

1790–1800; earlier killikinnick, etc., < Unami Delaware kələk˙əní˙k˙an literally, admixture, derivative of Proto-Algonquian *keleken- mix (it) with something different by hand Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kinnikinnick


kinnikinic killikinick

/ (ˌkɪnɪkɪˈnɪk) /


the dried leaves and bark of certain plants, sometimes with tobacco added, formerly smoked by some North American Indians
any of the plants used for such a preparation, such as the sumach Rhus glabra

Word Origin for kinnikinnick

C18: from Algonquian, literally: that which is mixed; related to Natick kinukkinuk mixture
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