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[sal-vee-uh] /ˈsæl vi ə/
any plant of the genus Salvia, comprising the sages, having opposite leaves and whorled flowers.
Origin of salvia
1835-45; < New Latin, Latin: sage Unabridged
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  • They prefer the most gorgeous reds and scarlets, such as that of salvia horminum, Lobelia cardinalis, and the like.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • Again in the Verbena and salvia, we have scarlet and blue, but no yellow.

    Your Plants James Sheehan
  • Also about this, Peganum and salvia reoccur, both kinds not being uncommon about Bamean.

  • They are very important honey-plants, commonly called Sage, and by some botanists considered to be a species of salvia.

  • There is a plant called salvia glutinosa—easily recognized by its sticky calyx and pale yellow flowers.

    Creation and Its Records B.H. Baden-Powell
  • Miquel has recorded the union of a stigma with the middle lobe of the lower lip of the corolla of salvia pratensis.

    Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
  • I want to put in quite a good deal this spring with a thought to next fall, dahlias and astors and cosmos and salvia in plenty.

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • Oleum salvi, L. From the herbaceous portion of salvia officinalis, or common sage.

  • Very few novelties occur: hedges of Hippophæ and roses, salvia very common to-day; asses were seen laden with dried Ruwash leaves.

  • When these have faded, the salvia plants are set out in the same bed, without disturbing the bulbs.

    A Woman's Hardy Garden Helena Rutherfurd Ely
British Dictionary definitions for salvia


any herbaceous plant or small shrub of the genus Salvia, such as the sage, grown for their medicinal or culinary properties or for ornament: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: sage²
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Word Origin and History for salvia

1844, from Latin salvia "the plant sage" (see sage (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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