oil of wintergreen

noun phrase

Definition of oil of wintergreen

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

First Known Use of oil of wintergreen

circa 1850

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oil of wintergreen

noun

medical Definition of 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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