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noun win·ter·green \ˈwin-tər-ˌgrēn\

Definition of wintergreen

  1. 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

  2. 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

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First Known Use of wintergreen

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WINTERGREEN Defined for Kids

wintergreen

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noun win·ter·green \ˈwin-tər-ˌgrēn\

Definition of wintergreen for Students

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


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noun win·ter·green \ˈwint-ər-ˌgrēn\

Medical Definition of wintergreen

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

  2. 2:  oil of wintergreen



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