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pipsissewa

Syllabification: pip·sis·se·wa
Pronunciation: /pipˈsisəˌwô, -wə
 
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Definition of pipsissewa in English:

noun

1A North American plant of the wintergreen family, with whorled evergreen leaves.
  • Chimaphila umbellata, family Pyrolaceae
Example sentences
  • Armed with a wildflower guidebook from the farm's library, I identify everything from pipsissewa to trailing arbutus.
  • Common pipsissewa is found in dry, shady woods, especially in pine forests, from New Brunswick to British Columbia and south to Georgia, Mexico, and California.
1.1A preparation of pipsissewa leaves, used as a diuretic and tonic.
Example sentences
  • As a diuretic, pipsissewa helps "flush out" infectious microorganisms.
  • Pipsissewa improves kidney and liver function by helping the body eliminate excess fluids.

Origin

late 18th century: from Eastern Abnaki, literally 'flower of the woods'.

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