Definition of pyrola in US English:



  • Any of several small evergreen woodland plants of the genus Pyrola (family Ericaceae), of north temperate regions, having rounded leaves and spikes of drooping, bell-shaped white or greenish flowers; also called wintergreen. Also (in form Pyrola): the genus itself.


Early 16th century; earliest use found in Laurence Andrewe (fl. c1520–1530), printer and translator. From post-classical Latin pyrola from pyrus pear tree + classical Latin -ola, so called from the resemblance of the leaves to those of the pear tree.