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 (pĭp-sĭs′ə-wô′, -wə)
Any of several evergreen plants of the genus Chimaphila in the heath family, especially C. umbellata, having white or pinkish flowers and formerly used as a medicinal herb. Also called prince's pine.

[Perhaps Eastern Abenaki kpi-pskwáhsawe, woods flower, pipsissewa.]


(Plants) any of several ericaceous plants of the Asian and American genus Chimaphila, having jagged evergreen leaves and white or pinkish flowers. Also called: wintergreen
[C19: from Cree pipisisikweu, literally: it breaks it into pieces, so called because it was believed to be efficacious in treating bladder stones]


(pɪpˈsɪs ə wə, -ˌwɔ)

n., pl. -was.
any of several evergreen plants of the genus Chimaphila, esp. C. umbellata, the leaves of which are used medicinally for their tonic, diuretic, and astringent properties.
[1780–90, Amer.; perhaps < Eastern Abenaki kpi-pskwáhsawe literally, flower of the woods]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pipsissewa - any of several plants of the genus Chimaphilapipsissewa - any of several plants of the genus Chimaphila
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
Chimaphila, genus Chimaphila - small genus of evergreen herbs with long creeping rootstocks and shining leaves; North America; Europe; east Asia
Chimaphila corymbosa, Chimaphila umbellata, love-in-winter, western prince's pine - Eurasian herb with white or pinkish flowers in a terminal corymb
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Wet pinegrass and sunstruck lupine, midmorning in July; pipsissewa and bunchberry dogwood, cream-scented, mingling with the drier scent of paintbrush and the wet fur of a deer's belly from where it has just crashed through the sedgy marsh (that rich waterspray vaporizing in the rising warmth of the day).
Spotted wintergreen, also known by its Indian name, Pipsissewa, is currently the main attraction.