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[pip-sis-uh-wuh, -waw] /pɪpˈsɪs ə wə, -ˌwɔ/
any evergreen plant of the genus Chimaphila, especially C. umbellata, the leaves of which are used medicinally for their tonic, diuretic, and astringent properties.
Also called prince's-pine.
Origin of pipsissewa
Eastern Abenaki
1780-90, Americanism; perhaps < Eastern Abenaki kpi-pskwáhsawe literally, flower of the woods Unabridged
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  • Growing alongside of it you are very likely to find the pipsissewa, with its beautiful perfume and ever-green leaves.

    Woodcraft Alan Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for pipsissewa


any of several ericaceous plants of the Asian and American genus Chimaphila, having jagged evergreen leaves and white or pinkish flowers Also called wintergreen
Word Origin
C19: from Cree pipisisikweu, literally: it breaks it into pieces, so called because it was believed to be efficacious in treating bladder stones
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