Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several evergreen plants of the genus Chimaphila, especially the Eurasian species C. umbellata, having white or pinkish flowers grouped in a terminal corymb. Also called prince's pine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several evergreen plants, of the genus Chimaphila, that have pale pink leaves; the prince's pine; in particular, the umbellate wintergreen, Chimaphila umbellata.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A low evergreen plant (Chimaphila umbellata), with narrow, wedge-lanceolate leaves, and an umbel of pretty nodding fragrant blossoms. It has been used in nephritic diseases. Called also prince's pine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The small evergreen, Chimaphila umbellata, the prince's-pine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several plants of the genus Chimaphila

Etymologies

Perhaps Eastern Abenaki kpi-pskwáhsawe, woods flower, pipsissewa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Perhaps from Cree pipsissewa ("breaks (stones in the body) into small pieces") (compare ᐲᐃᐧᓭᐧᐤ (pîwiswêw, "she/he cuts pieces off someone")), or perhaps from Abenaki kpipskwáhsawe ("flower of the woods"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Uncle Wiggly. Jeez, what's wrong with me?!

    "The Bad Pipsisewah" is in the lower right corner, here.

    January 27, 2009

  • It was in the Mr. Wiggly board game? *straining to recall*

    January 27, 2009

  • Wow! I thought this was madeupical for the Mr. Wiggly board game!

    January 27, 2009