oil of wintergreen

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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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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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