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shin·leaf

 (shĭn′lēf′)
n.
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.

[Probably from the use of its leaves in plasters for sore legs.]

shinleaf

(ˈʃɪnˌliːf)
n, pl -leaves
(Plants) the usual US name for wintergreen3

shin•leaf

(ˈʃɪnˌlif)

n., pl. -leaves.
any of several plants of the genus Pyrola, having a basal cluster of leaves.
[1810–20, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shinleaf - North American evergreen with small pinkish bell-shaped flowers and oblong leaves used formerly for shinplastersshinleaf - North American evergreen with small pinkish bell-shaped flowers and oblong leaves used formerly for shinplasters
pyrola, wintergreen - any of several evergreen perennials of the genus Pyrola
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Xeromorphic evergreen leaves are typical of many other vascular plants of the boreal forests, including pteridophytes such as club mosses (Lycopodium); rhododendrons (Rhododendron, Ericaceae); blueberries, cranberries, and cowberries (Vaccinium); marsh rosemary (Ledum palustre, Ericaceae); bog rosemary (Andromeda, Ericaceae); bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Ericaceae); Scotch heather or ling (Calluna vulgaris, Ericaceae); wintergreen (Pyrola, Pyrolaceae); pipsissewa (Chimaphila, Pyrolaceae); one-flowered shinleaf (Moneses, Pyrolaceae); crowberry (Empetrum nigrum, Empetraceae); twinflower (Linnaea borealis, Caprifoliaceae); holly (Ilex rugosa, Aquifoliaceae); and skimmias (Skimmia repens, Rutaceae).
uliginosum), crowberry (Empetrum nigrum, Empetraceae), twinflower (Linnaea borealis, Caprifoliaceae), one-flowered shinleaf (Moneses uniflora, Pyrolaceae), dwarf rattlesnake plantain (Goodyera repens, Orchidaceae), club mosses such as the stiff club moss (Lycopodium annotinum, Lycopodiaceae), and horsetails such as Equisetum sylvaticum (Equisetaceae).
They are Betula populifolia (gray birch), Carex scabrata, Corallorrhiza trifida (coral root), Gerardia pedicularia ambigens (clammy false foxglove), Hemicarpa drummondii, Hippuris vulgaris (mare's tail), Lechea stricta (bush pinweed), Lemna perpusilla (least duckweed), Linnaea borealis (twin flower), Lonicera canadensis (American fly honeysuckle), Oryzopsis pungens (short-horned rice grass), Panicum lucidum (bog panic grass), Psilocarya nitens (bald rush), Pyrola secunda (one-sided shinleaf), Scleria reticularis (netted nut rush), Shepherdia canadensis (russet buffaloberry), Trillium cernuum macranthum (nodding trillium), and Utricularia resu pinata (small purple bladderwort).