kin·​ni·​kin·​nick | \ ˌki-ni-kə-ˈnik, ˈki-ni-kə-ˌnik How to pronounce kinnikinnick (audio) \

Definition of kinnikinnick

1 : a mixture of dried leaves and bark and sometimes tobacco smoked by the Indians and pioneers especially in the Ohio valley
2 : a plant (such as a sumac or dogwood) used in kinnikinnick especially : bearberry

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First Known Use of kinnikinnick

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for kinnikinnick

of Algonquian origin; akin to Massachusett kinukkinuk mixture

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3 Sep 2020

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“Kinnikinnick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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