win·​ter·​green | \ ˈwin-tər-ˌgrēn How to pronounce wintergreen (audio) \

Definition of wintergreen

1 : any of a genus (Pyrola of the family Pyrolaceae, the wintergreen family) of evergreen perennial herbs (such as the shinleafs) that have basal leaves and racemose flowers
2a : any of a genus (Gaultheria) of evergreen plants of the heath family especially : a low creeping evergreen shrub (G. procumbens) of North America with white flowers and spicy red berries — compare checkerberry
b(1) : an essential oil from this plant
(2) : the flavor of this oil wintergreen lozenges

Examples of wintergreen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Fire & Ice Massage employs cooling wintergreen and hot stones. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 The taste-of-the-Midwest flavor is lovely, much quieter than maple's robust bite, with gentle citrus and wintergreen notes. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 And then less effective though still helpful options include wintergreen oil, geranium oil, pennyroyal oil, and rosemary oil, which showed a 60 to 85 percent reduction in attraction to a bait trap. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 15 July 2021 The product's main active ingredients are horseradish, wintergreen and cayenne. Laura Wheatman Hill,, 4 Apr. 2021 The seminar had the dozy air common to classes that take place right after lunch—the fluorescent lights buzzing, the smell of burned coffee and wintergreen gum. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 6 Jan. 2020 The same restrictions — which went into effect by the end of 2018 — apply to mint, wintergreen and fruit-flavored tobacco products. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, 1 Dec. 2019 Swedish Match sells its snus under the brand name, General, in mint, wintergreen and other flavors. Matthew Perrone, USA TODAY, 12 Sep. 2019 Blue Venom is infused with the same plumping ingredients as classic Lip Venom, but includes hints of cinnamon, wintergreen, ginger, jojoba and avocado. Seventeen Magazine, Seventeen, 20 Dec. 2010

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First Known Use of wintergreen

1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wintergreen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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win·​ter·​green | \ ˈwin-tər-ˌgrēn How to pronounce wintergreen (audio) \

Kids Definition of wintergreen

: a low evergreen plant with shiny leaves which produce an oil used in medicine and flavoring


win·​ter·​green | \ ˈwint-ər-ˌgrēn How to pronounce wintergreen (audio) \

Medical Definition of wintergreen

1 : any plant of the genus Gaultheria especially : a low evergreen plant (G. procumbens) with white flowers and spicy red berries

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