pipsissewa

noun

pip·​sis·​se·​wa pip-ˈsi-sə-ˌwȯ How to pronounce pipsissewa (audio)
: any of a genus (Chimaphila, especially C. umbellata) of evergreen herbs of the wintergreen family with astringent leaves used as a tonic and diuretic

Word History

Etymology

perhaps from Eastern Abenaki kpi-pskwáhsawe, literally, flower of the woods

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pipsissewa was in 1789

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“Pipsissewa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pipsissewa. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

pipsissewa

noun
pip·​sis·​se·​wa pip-ˈsis-ə-ˌwȯ How to pronounce pipsissewa (audio)
: any of a genus (Chimaphila, especially C. umbellata) of evergreen herbs of the wintergreen family (Pyrolaceae) with astringent leaves used as a tonic and diuretic

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