oil of wintergreen

noun phrase

: the methyl ester of salicylic acid that is used as a flavoring and as a counterirritant

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oil of wintergreen was circa 1850

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“Oil of wintergreen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oil%20of%20wintergreen. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

oil of wintergreen

: a chemical compound made from salicylic acid and used in liniments and as a flavoring

Medical Definition

oil of wintergreen

: a preparation of methyl salicylate obtained by distilling the leaves of wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)

called also gaultheria oil, wintergreen oil

compare birch oil

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