- any of several gaultherias; esp., a creeping subshrub (Gaultheria procumbens) having small, rounded evergreen leaves, bell-shaped, white flowers, and red, edible berries
- an aromatic compound (oil of wintergreen) made from the leaves of this plant or the bark of a birch (Betula lenta), or synthetically from salicylic acid: sometimes used in medicine or as a flavoring
- the flavor or anything flavored with it
- any of a number of similar plants, as the shinleaf or pipsissewa
- a milkwort (Polygala paucifolia) with large, rose-lavender flowers
Origin of wintergreenbased on German wintergrün, Dutch wintergroen: so named because evergreen
- a. A creeping evergreen North American plant (Gaultheria procumbens) in the heath family, having solitary nodding white flowers, aromatic leaves, and spicy edible scarlet berries. Also called checkerberry, teaberry.b. An oil or flavoring obtained from this plant or certain other plants, such as sweet birch, or produced synthetically.
- Any of several similar or related plants, especially the pipsissewas and plants of the genus Pyrola.
Origin of wintergreenTranslation of Dutch wintergroen.
- Any of several evergreen perennials of the genus Pyrola
- A North American creeping evergreen plant, Gaultheria procumbens, having solitary white flowers and aromatic leaves; the checkerberry or teaberry
- The spicy red berries of this plant
- The oil, methyl salicylate, obtained from these berries
- The aroma of the oil, methyl salicylate, however derived.