American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A preparation made from dried leaves, bark, and sometimes tobacco and smoked especially by certain Native American peoples.
- n. See bearberry.
- n. A mixture of bark, dried leaves, and often berries and/or tobacco, which is smoked.
- n. Any of the plants whose berries, leaves or bark used in this mixture.
- Originally spelled with an "l" in the first part (i.e. killikinick). From an Unami word meaning "mixture, admixture", cognate to Lenape këlëkënikàn ("smoking mixture, killikinick"). (Wiktionary)
- Unami kələkkəníikkan, item for mixing in, kinnikinnick. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The red willow bark is known as kinnikinnick, and adds a pleasant fragrance to smoking tobacco in the aboriginal estimation.”
“But I like to think that someday, maybe a century or more from now, a hunter might be sitting against that same tree in the fall and, should he or she dislodge that oddly tilted stone — which would be lichen-covered by then and gripped with a webbing of kinnikinnick — might notice the brass and understand that once upon a time there was another hunter like him or her.”
“Now Broken Thumb prepared a calumet, keeping it on his knees while he mixed tobacco and kinnikinnick in prescribed amounts.”
“Making him two elk-horn picks, and filling his ikta with dried salmon and kinnikinnick, he climbed in two nights and a day to the summit.”
“Adam had risen early and decked every available spot with kinnikinnick until the room fairly glistened.”
“Her box was filled with kinnikinnick and she would go back.”
“She would willingly have rested had not her eyes spied the red berries of some kinnikinnick growing on either side of the path.”
“The search for kinnikinnick was not, however, her real reason for wishing to see Carver.”
“Last evening, just as Mr. Benjamin Jarvis 'guests were dispersing, she had made a hasty engagement with Carver to meet her the following afternoon and go for kinnikinnick up Cinnamon Creek.”
“Perhaps 'twill be easier anyway, for you'll find the kinnikinnick just after you leave the creek.”
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