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 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, "Mary-Louise Parker Plays Professor," 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, "Demand for menthol cigarettes drives increase in St. Paul smoke shops since city restrictions," 1 Dec. 2019 Swedish Match sells its snus under the brand name, General, in mint, wintergreen and other flavors. Matthew Perrone, USA TODAY, "A smoking alternative? FDA endorses tobacco pouches as less risky than cigarettes," 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, "DuWop Launches Blue Venom Lip Plumper," 20 Dec. 2010 Menthol and Olbas oil (a mixture of peppermint, eucalyptus, cajeput, wintergreen, juniper, and clove) may cause redness and irritation to the eyes., "Essential oils: Why 'natural' doesn't always mean safe," 22 May 2018 Essential oil maker Aura Cacia specifies that asil, clary sage, clove bud, hyssop, sweet fennel, juniper berry, marjoram, myrrh, rosemary, sage, thyme, and wintergreen should be avoided at all costs during pregnancy. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "6 Times You Should Never Use Essential Oils," 12 Jan. 2017 Shah says oils like cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, cassia, black pepper, and wintergreen can be irritating and recommends always using proper dilution and doing a skin patch test first. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Essential Oils for Beginners: How to Use Them Safely in Your Beauty Routine," 7 May 2018 And the scent — wintergreen, bergamot, and of course, lavender — is downright sinus-opening. Claire Valentine, The Cut, "12 CBD Beauty Products for Celebrating 420," 20 Apr. 2018

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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 15 Jan. 2021.

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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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