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Wintergreen  n.  (Bot.) A plant which keeps its leaves green through the winter. Note: In England, the name wintergreen is applied to the species of Pyrola which in America are called English wintergreen, and shin leaf (see Shin leaf, under Shin.) In America, the name wintergreen is given to Gaultheria procumbens, a low evergreen aromatic plant with oval leaves clustered at the top of a short stem, and bearing small white flowers followed by red berries; called also checkerberry, and sometimes, though improperly, partridge berry.
Chickweed wintergreen, a low perennial primulaceous herb (Trientalis Americana); also called star flower.
Flowering wintergreen, a low plant (Polygala paucifolia) with leaves somewhat like those of the wintergreen (Gaultheria), and bearing a few showy, rose-purple blossoms.
oil of wintergreen, An aromatic oil, consisting almost entirely of methyl salicylate (CH3CO.O.C6H4.OH), obtained by distillation of an extract of the wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens); it can also be obtained from some other plants. It is used as a flavoring agent for tooth powders and pastes, sometimes combined with menthol or eucalyptus. It is called also oil of teaberry, oil of partridgeberry, and oil of gaultheria.
Spotted wintergreen, a low evergreen plant (Chimaphila maculata) with ovate, white-spotted leaves.






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"Wintergreen" Quotes from Famous Books



... and my feet hurt." He bowed to the women, then lowered himself ponderously yet carefully over the edge of the dock and into the leather cushions of the launch. Once safely aboard, he took a package of wintergreen chewing-gum from his pocket and began to chew, staring out across the sound with that placid, speculative enjoyment which reposes in the eyes of ...
— The Iron Trail • Rex Beach

... of alder bushes, mixed with stunted willows. On the side opposite to that by which we had descended, the hill rose long and lofty, covered with mighty timber-trees standing in open ranks and overshadowing a rugged and unequal surface, covered with whortleberry, wintergreen, and cranberries, the latter growing only along the courses of the little runnels, which channeled the whole slope. Here, stony ledges and gray broken crags peered through the underwood, among the crevices of which the stunted cedars ...
— Warwick Woodlands - Things as they Were There Twenty Years Ago • Henry William Herbert (AKA Frank Forester)

... Turkish, Kuromoji, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon-Grass, Limes, Neroli, Myrbane, Orange Sweet & Bitter, Otto of Rose, Patchouli, Palmarosa, Pimento, Petit-Grain, Rosemary, Sandal Wood, Sage, Sassafras, Spearmint, Thyme, Wintergreen ...
— The Handbook of Soap Manufacture • W. H. Simmons

... Sis, I did somethin last night dat I oughtn't done en I can' hardly walk dis mornin. Pulled off my long drawers last night en never had none to change wid. I can' bear to get down en pray or nothin like dat, my knee does ache me so bad. I gwine up town yonder en get some oil of wintergreen en put on it. Yes'um, dat sho a good thing to strike de pain cause I heard bout dat long years ago. Sis, ain' you got no coffee nowhe' dis mornin? God knows, de Lord sho ...
— Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1 • Various



Words linked to "Wintergreen" :   one-flowered wintergreen, wintergreen oil, spiceberry, herb, oil of wintergreen, genus Pyrola, lesser wintergreen, Pyrola rotundifolia americana, wild lily of the valley, Pyrola rotundifolia, false wintergreen, mountain tea, ground-berry, shinleaf, wintergreen family, Pyrola elliptica, pyrola, checkerberry, Pyrola minor, Gaultheria, flowering wintergreen, teaberry, Pyrola americana, genus Gaultheria, boxberry, groundberry, shrublet



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