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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]
pip•sis•se•wa(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]
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|Noun||1.||pipsissewa - 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