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From winter +‎ green.


wintergreen (plural wintergreens)

  1. (obsolete) Any evergreen plant.
  2. One of various unrelated evergreen plants, including:
    1. Plants in shrub genus Gaultheria, commonly known as wintergreen, especially:
      1. Gaultheria procumbens, native to North America, having solitary white flowers and aromatic leaves (checkerberry or teaberry)
      2. Gaultheria humifusaalpine wintergreen
      3. Gaultheria ovatifoliawestern teaberry or Oregon spicy wintergreen
      4. Chimaphila maculatastriped wintergreen
    2. Plants in any of several genera in the herbaceous family Ericaceae, including:
      1. Genus Pyrola, native to northern temperate and Arctic regions.
      2. Genus Orthilia
      3. Genus Moneses
      4. Genus Chimaphila (prince's pine)
    3. Some species of the herbaceous genus Trientalis, in family Primulaceae {chickweed wintergreen)
  3. The spicy red berries of Gaultheria procumbens.
  4. The oil, methyl salicylate, obtained from these berries.
  5. The aroma of the oil, methyl salicylate, however derived.


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