winter's bark

noun

often capitalized W
1
: an aromatic bark with tonic and stimulant properties
2
: an evergreen tree (Drimys winteri) found from Mexico southward throughout South America and yielding winter's bark and a light soft straight-grained brown wood that somewhat resembles and is used similarly to basswood

Word History

Etymology

after John Wynter (or Winter), 16th century British naval officer

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“Winter's bark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/winter%27s%20bark. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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