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- n. Alternative form of kinnikinnick.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The leaves or bark of several plants (willow, sumac, etc.), smoked either with or without tobacco by the American Indians.
- n. Specifically, the trailing ericaceous plant Arctostaphylos Uva-ursi,or bearberry, common northward in America, as well as in the Old World.
- n. The silky cornel, Cornus sericea, whose bark was used in the manner mentioned in def. 1; doubtless, also, the closely related Cornus stolonifera, or red-osier dogwood. In this sense best known in America.
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They all smoked, the boys soon discovering that it was not tobacco but "kinnikinick" -- the inner bark of young willow sprouts dried and pulverized -- which was in the pipes.
I'm for holding a peace talk, as the Injuns say, d-- n 'em, burying the axe, and taking a whiff or two at the kinnikinick of friendship.
I remember on this occasion of our last sugar bush in Minnesota, that I stood one day outside of our hut and watched the approach of a visitor -- a bent old man, his hair almost white, and carrying on his back a large bundle of red willow, or kinnikinick, which the Indians use for smoking.
Thrust out and lifted just above the snow of the tuft before me was the jeweled hand of a kinnikinick; and every snow-deposit on the slope was held in place by the green arms of this plant.
Up the slope I saw a young pine standing in a kinnikinick snow-cover.
The pioneer work done by the kinnikinick on a barren and rocky realm has often resulted in the establishment of a flourishing forest there.
Huckleberries flourish on the timbered slopes, and kinnikinick gladdens many a gravelly stretch or slope.
Before long it was dashed against a granite cliff and fell to the ground; but in a moment, the wind found it and drove it, with a shower of trash and dust, bounding and leaping across a barren slope, plump into this kinnikinick nest.
One morning, while visiting in a Blackfoot Indian camp, I saw the men smoking kinnikinick leaves, and I asked if they had any legend concerning the shrub.
The kinnikinick, or _Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi_, as the botanists name it, may be called a ground-loving vine.
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