wintergreen

noun
win·​ter·​green | \ˈwin-tər-ˌgrēn \

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

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Menthol and Olbas oil (a mixture of peppermint, eucalyptus, cajeput, wintergreen, juniper, and clove) may cause redness and irritation to the eyes. Philly.com, "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 Among the essential oils that are toxic to pets are cinnamon, citrus, lemon, pennyroyal, peppermint, pine, sweet birch, tea tree, thyme, wintergreen and ylang ylang. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Anxieties about veterinary visits can and should be addressed | The Sacramento Bee," 17 Jan. 2018 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. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: Meet Phil, a dog who sleeps like a cat … and snores like a husband!," 8 Jan. 2017 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. National Geographic, "Why This Animal's Pee Smells Like Hot Buttered Popcorn," 23 Apr. 2016 The white admiral butterfly of the northeastern U.S. and Canada seems to smell like wintergreen—a group of aromatic plants—for a reason. National Geographic, "Why This Animal's Pee Smells Like Hot Buttered Popcorn," 23 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of wintergreen

1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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wintergreen

noun
win·​ter·​green | \ˈwin-tər-ˌgrēn \

Kids Definition of wintergreen

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

wintergreen

noun
win·​ter·​green | \ˈwint-ər-ˌgrēn \

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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