[pip-sis-uh-wuh, -waw]


any evergreen plant of the genus Chimaphila, especially C. umbellata, the leaves of which are used medicinally for their tonic, diuretic, and astringent properties.

Nearby words

  1. pipkin,
  2. pippa,
  3. pipper,
  4. pipperoo,
  5. pippin,
  6. pipsqueak,
  7. pipy,
  8. piqua,
  9. piquancy,
  10. piquant

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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Examples from the Web for pipsissewa

  • 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



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 for pipsissewa

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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