oil of wintergreen

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Noun1.oil of wintergreen - oil or flavoring obtained from the creeping wintergreen or teaberry plant
flavorer, flavoring, flavourer, flavouring, seasoning, seasoner - something added to food primarily for the savor it imparts
checkerberry, creeping wintergreen, Gaultheria procumbens, mountain tea, teaberry, wintergreen, groundberry, ground-berry - 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
birch oil, methyl salicylate, sweet-birch oil - a liquid ester with a strong odor of wintergreen; applied externally for minor muscle and joint pain
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Birch bark contains methyl salicylate, known as oil of wintergreen, which is a combination of salicylic acid (aspirin) and methanol.
The substance they do allow is oil of wintergreen. I thought this sounded preposterous but found a tiny bottle of the real thing at the grocery store and gave it a try.
On the edge of the woods, he passed around a twig of black birch and had the group do a "scratch and sniff'' to smell the tree's oil of wintergreen. The plant can be used as a breath freshener for campers who forget a toothbrush, has a painkilling effect and can be used to make tea.
One of the more common HIPPOs--Herbivore-Induced Plant Protection Odors--is methyl salicylate, aka oil of wintergreen. Numerous studies have confirmed that oil of wintergreen attracts a variety of beneficial insects, including ladybugs, lacewings, minute pirate bugs and aphid-eating hover flies.
The methyl ester, methyl salicylate (also called oil of wintergreen since it produces the fragrance of wintergreen), is formed with methanol; it is used in food flavorings and in liniments.
* the ingestion of as little as 4 mL of oil of wintergreen can be fatal to a child; in the Western world, essential oils are the fourth most common agent in childhood poisoning?