sa·​lal | \ sə-ˈlal , sa-\

Definition of salal

: a small evergreen shrub (Gaultheria shallon) of the heath family found on the Pacific coast of North America and bearing edible grape-sized dark purple berries

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This week, readers ask for advice on controlling creeping bamboo and salal, for starters., "How to control creeping bamboo and salal: Ask an expert," 21 Oct. 2017 Late spring is time for the white bells of salal, intermingled with uncurling fronds of new ferns, and one of my favorites: tiny starflowers, with their single pinkish-white, seven-pointed star shining from a cluster of deep green leaves. Brian J. Cantwell, The Seattle Times, "A Hike and a Happy Hour: Explore splendid Camano Island and its new Naked City pub," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of salal

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for salal

Chinook Jargon, from Lower Chinook sálal 

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