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sagebrush

[seyj-bruhsh] /ˈseɪdʒˌbrʌʃ/
noun
1.
any of several sagelike, bushy composite plants of the genus Artemisia, especially A. tridentata, having silvery, wedge-shaped leaves, with three teeth at the tip, common on the dry plains of the western U.S.
Origin of sagebrush
1825-1835
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35; sage2 + brush2
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  • Once clear of the sagebrush, she drew rein for him to come up.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • The air was filled with odors of camels, of cous-cous, of sagebrush.

    Sacrifice

    Stephen French Whitman
  • I must see if I can't contrive to make some sort of a shelter with this sagebrush.

    Deserted Edward Bellamy
  • The fire on sagebrush sparkled like a single jewel in a vast setting.

    Virginia of Elk Creek Valley

    Mary Ellen Chase
  • Some one was coming along the rough trail through the sagebrush.

    Virginia of Elk Creek Valley

    Mary Ellen Chase
  • Crowheart was platted on a sagebrush "bench" on a spur of a branch railroad.

    The Lady Doc

    Caroline Lockhart
  • He was on it and off, galloping madly across the sagebrush flat.

    The Branding Iron Katharine Newlin Burt
  • Far and away lay only the uneven volcanic ash and the sagebrush.

    White Fire Roy J. Snell
  • To the right and left of them and before them, far as eye could see, was sagebrush.

    White Fire Roy J. Snell
  • Over the trackless waste of alkali and sagebrush they trudged.

    Philip Dru: Administrator Edward Mandell House
British Dictionary definitions for sagebrush

sagebrush

/ˈseɪdʒˌbrʌʃ/
noun
1.
any of several aromatic plants of the genus Artemisia, esp A. tridentata, a shrub of W North America, having silver-green leaves and large clusters of small white flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
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Word Origin and History for sagebrush
n.

1850, from sage (n.1), to which it has no biological affinity, + brush (n.2). Said to be so called for resemblance of its appearance or odor.

Sage-brush is very fair fuel, but as a vegetable it is a distinguished failure. Nothing can abide the taste of it but the jackass and his illegitimate child, the mule. ["Mark Twain," "Roughing It"]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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