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black sage

a shrubby Californian plant, Salvia mellifera, of the mint family, having an interrupted spike of lavender-blue or white flowers.
Origin of black sage
An Americanism dating back to 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • As he slipped from his blankets the same strong smell of black sage and juniper smote him, almost like a blow.

  • When he came within gunshot of the flock the smell of sheep effectually smothered the keen, tasty odor of black sage and juniper.

  • “They must be gone now, Shanter,” Rifle said at last, after two or three dampings from that black sage.

    The Dingo Boys G. Manville Fenn

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