pipsissewa

noun pip·sis·se·wa \ pip-ˈsi-sə-ˌwȯ \

Definition of pipsissewa

: any of a genus (Chimaphila, especially C. umbellata) of evergreen herbs of the wintergreen family with astringent leaves used as a tonic and diuretic

Origin and Etymology of pipsissewa

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


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pipsissewa

noun pip·sis·se·wa \ pip-ˈsis-ə-ˌwȯ \

medical Definition of pipsissewa

: 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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