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 checkerberryb (1) : an essential oil from this plant (2) : the flavor of this oil wintergreen lozenges
Recent Examples of wintergreen from the Web
Boppie always had yellow butterscotch and pink wintergreen candies to share from his shirt pocket, and the huge bowls of popcorn, along with Shasta root-beer floats, were delightfully devoured by all.
The white admiral butterfly of the northeastern U.S. and Canada seems to smell like wintergreen—a group of aromatic plants—for a reason.
The butterfly—as well as another species, the viceroy—acquire the scent from feeding on wintergreen flowers, says Katy Prudic, an entomologist at the University of Arizona.
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First Known Use of wintergreen
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Definition of wintergreen for Students
: a low evergreen plant with shiny leaves which produce an oil used in medicine and flavoring
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