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, teaberry.
b. An oil or flavoring obtained from this plant or certain other plants, such as sweet birch, or produced synthetically.
2. Any of several similar or related plants, especially the pipsissewas and plants of the genus Pyrola.
[Translation of Dutch wintergroen.]
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