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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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  • And what if the salvia, as by a miracle, blossoms on the jasmine?

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Again in the Verbena and salvia, we have scarlet and blue, but no yellow.

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

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

  • But it is, in truth, the family arch of the Sergii, raised in honour of one of that house by his wife salvia Postuma.

  • 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
  • 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
  • They are found on many plants, such as salvia glutinosa, Plumbago, and Catchfly.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • 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
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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