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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A trailing plant. Mitchella repens.
  • n. The wintergreen, Gaultheria procumbens.


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  • See partridgeberry.

    September 2, 2010

  • "A trailing plant. Mitchella repens. It is a smooth herb, with round-ovate evergreen leaves, the paired flowers white, tinged with purple, bearded within, and fragrant. It is common throughout the woods of eastern North America, reaching to Mexico. Its little twin flowers of early summer, though pretty, are less noticed than its scarlet fruit, which from autumn to spring forms a very pleasing combination with the deep-green leaves. The berry is edible, but insipid. The plant has medical uses like pipsissewa. It is aromatic and astringent, and yields an oil which contains 90 per cent. of methyl salicylate and is largely used in rheumatism. Also checkerberry, deerberry, and hive-vine."

    --Century Dictionary

    September 2, 2010