wintergreen


wintergreen
wintergreen [win′tərgrēn΄]
n.
[based on Ger wintergrün, Du wintergroen: so named because evergreen ]
1.
a) any of several gaultherias; esp., a creeping subshrub (Gaultheria procumbens) having small, rounded evergreen leaves, bell-shaped, white flowers, and red, edible berries
b) an aromatic compound (oil of wintergreen) made from the leaves of this plant or the bark of a birch ( Betula lenta), or synthetically from salicylic acid: sometimes used in medicine or as a flavoring
c) the flavor or anything flavored with it
2. any of a number of similar plants, as the shinleaf or pipsissewa
3. a milkwort (Polygala paucifolia) with large, rose-lavender flowers

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