Definitions

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

  • n. A low-growing, creeping evergreen plant (Gaultheria procumbens) of North America, having solitary nodding white flowers, aromatic leaves, and spicy edible scarlet berries. Also called checkerberry, teaberry.
  • n. An oil or a flavoring obtained from this plant.
  • n. Any of several similar or related plants, such as the pipsissewa.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any evergreen plant.
  • n. Any of several evergreen perennials of the genus Pyrola
  • n. A North American creeping evergreen plant, Gaultheria procumbens, having solitary white flowers and aromatic leaves; the checkerberry or teaberry
  • n. The spicy red berries of this plant
  • n. The oil, methyl salicylate, obtained from these berries
  • n. The aroma of the oil, methyl salicylate, however derived.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant which keeps its leaves green through the winter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant of the genus Pyrola, especially P. minor, the common species in England, where the name is chiefly thus applied. P. rotundifolia is sometimes distinguished as false or pear-leafed wintergreen.
  • n. A plant of the genus Gaultheria, chiefly G. procumbens, the aromatic wintergreen of eastern North America.
  • n. A plant of the genus Chimaphila, especially C. maculata. See spotted wintergreen, below.

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

  • n. any of several evergreen perennials of the genus Pyrola
  • n. spicy red berrylike fruit; source of wintergreen oil
  • n. creeping shrub of eastern North America having white bell-shaped flowers followed by spicy red berrylike fruit and shiny aromatic leaves that yield wintergreen oil

Etymologies

Translation of Dutch wintergroen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The one-sided wintergreen is also in blossom, with its little greenish-white flowers all turned in the same direction; it is one of the commonest plants we tread under foot in the forest.

    Rural Hours

  • Dem what had de rheumatism had to take dat lion's tongue or what some peoples calls wintergreen tea en some of de time, dey take pine top en mix wid de herbs to make a complete cure.

    Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves South Carolina Narratives, Part 4

  • “Bet it is just wintergreen, feverfew, and betony, mixed with something sweet—and now he will make a fortune,” Teddy said, reading the account in the Gazette.

    Exit the Actress

  • That February 1972 I turned thirteen, started my period, and kissed a black-haired boy who smelled of wintergreen.

    The Memory Palace

  • Some scenes, such as one in which a character gets out of her bath “aslide with wintergreen,” evince an effort to make even these miserable lives picturesque.

    Mercy!

  • The girl takes the money and slips it into the back pocket of her jean shorts, pops a wintergreen Lifesaver from the paper roll in the interior pocket and slips it into her mouth.

    Superlatives

  • However, as a Rotherham season-ticket holder, currently observing the beautiful game across eight lanes of an athletics stadium, I should advise West Ham supporters that they would regret losing the smell of the wintergreen and the roar of the crowd.

    Letters: Haringey has given full support to Spurs to stay in Tottenham

  • Projects include pigmented bacteria, banana and wintergreen smelling bacteria, and buoyant bacteria.

    Drew Endy, Bio-Engineer: The 'Next Steve Jobs'?

  • The addition of the oil of wintergreen not only gives the alcohol its green color, but masks the smell with an attractive wintergreen aroma — much like candy.

    Safer Alternatives

  • Most of you have probably crunched wintergreen lifesavers in dark places to watch the flash.

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