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pipsissewa

[pip-sis-uh-wuh, -waw] /pɪpˈsɪs ə wə, -ˌwɔ/
noun
1.
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
1780-1790
1780-90, Americanism; perhaps < Eastern Abenaki kpi-pskwáhsawe literally, flower of the woods
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  • The understory is typical of northern dry-mesic forest but quite varied with moccasin flower, trailing arbutus, and pipsissewa.
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pipsissewa

/pɪpˈsɪsəwə/
noun
1.
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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