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pipsissewa

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noun pip·sis·se·wa \pip-ˈsi-sə-ˌwȯ\

Definition of pipsissewa

  1. :  any of a genus (Chimaphila, especially C. umbellata) of evergreen herbs of the wintergreen family with astringent leaves used as a tonic and diuretic



Origin of pipsissewa

perhaps from Eastern Abenaki kpi-pskwáhsawe, literally, flower of the woods


First Known Use: 1789


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pipsissewa

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noun pip·sis·se·wa \pip-ˈsis-ə-ˌwȯ\

Medical Definition of pipsissewa

  1. :  any of a genus (Chimaphila, especially C. umbellata) of evergreen herbs of the wintergreen family (Pyrolaceae) with astringent leaves used as a tonic and diuretic




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