- 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 . Also called 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.