Any of various Eurasian and North American woodland perennial herbs of the genus Pyrola of the heath family, especially P. elliptica, having a basal cluster of elliptic to oblong leaves and white to pink flowers.
Any of a genus (Pyrola) of plants of the heath family, with slender stalks having small, rounded evergreen leaves at the base and racemes of globular flowers.
Origin of shinleaf
- Probably from the use of its leaves in plasters for sore legs
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition