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, in the meaning defined above

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“Oil of wintergreen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oil%20of%20wintergreen. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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