ˈki-ni-kə-ˌnik How to pronounce kinnikinnick (audio)
: a mixture of dried leaves and bark and sometimes tobacco smoked by the Indians and pioneers especially in the Ohio valley
: a plant (such as a sumac or dogwood) used in kinnikinnick
especially : bearberry

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Also known by what’s surely a Balderdash word (kinnikinnick), the bearberry plant is one of nature’s most potent skin brighteners. Lexi Novak, Allure, 26 June 2017

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Word History


of Algonquian origin; akin to Massachusett kinukkinuk mixture

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of kinnikinnick was in 1799

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“Kinnikinnick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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