sa·​lal sə-ˈlal How to pronounce salal (audio)
: 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

Examples of salal in a Sentence

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Word History


Chinook Jargon, from Lower Chinook sálal 

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of salal was in 1825

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“Salal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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