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pipsissewa

pipsissewa

noun pip·sis·se·wa \pip-ˈsi-sə-ˌw\

Definition of PIPSISSEWA

:  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

pipsissewa

noun pip·sis·se·wa \pip-ˈsis-ə-ˌw\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PIPSISSEWA

:  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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