Definition of pipsissewa in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɪpˈsɪsɪwə/


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.
1.1 [mass noun] A preparation of the leaves of the pipsissewa, 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.


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

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