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salal

[ suh-lal, sa- ]

noun

  1. 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.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of salal1

1815–25, Americanism; < Chinook Jargon sallal < Lower Chinook sálal

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Example Sentences

Salal-berry, sal′al-ber′i, n. a berry-like plant of California, about the size of a common grape.

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.

He took the carcass by a leg and dragged it through the bright green salal brush.

As we did go along, the leaves of salal did make little rustles.

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