Definition of pipsissewa in US English:



  • 1A North American plant of the wintergreen family, with whorled evergreen leaves.

    Chimaphila umbellata, family Pyrolaceae

    • ‘Armed with a wildflower guidebook from the farm's library, I identify everything from pipsissewa to trailing arbutus.’
    • ‘Common pipsissewa is found in dry, shady woods, especially in pine forests, from New Brunswick to British Columbia and south to Georgia, Mexico, and California.’
    1. 1.1 A preparation of pipsissewa leaves, used as a diuretic and tonic.
      • ‘Pipsissewa improves kidney and liver function by helping the body eliminate excess fluids.’
      • ‘As a diuretic, pipsissewa helps "flush out" infectious microorganisms.’


Late 18th century: from Eastern Abnaki, literally ‘flower of the woods’.