Definition of pipsissewa in English:


Syllabification: pip·sis·se·wa
Pronunciation: /pipˈsisəˌwô, -wə


  • 1A North American plant of the wintergreen family, with whorled evergreen leaves.
    • Chimaphila umbellata, family Pyrolaceae
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    • 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.
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    • 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 Abnaki, literally 'flower of the woods'.

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