sa·​lal | \ sə-ˈlal How to pronounce salal (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web For instance, plants that grow in the shade of the forest – such as salal and evergreen huckleberry – don’t want the full-sun, prairie conditions required by camas and meadow checkerbloom. oregonlive, "When planning next year’s garden, turn to popular native plants," 6 Jan. 2020 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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Cite this Entry

“Salal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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