- any plant of the genus Salvia, comprising the sages, having opposite leaves and whorled flowers.
Origin of salvia
1835–45; < New Latin, Latin: sage
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Examples from the Web for salvia
And what if the salvia, as by a miracle, blossoms on the jasmine?The Book of Khalid
Again in the Verbena and Salvia, we have scarlet and blue, but no yellow.Your Plants
They are very important honey-plants, commonly called Sage, and by some botanists considered to be a species of Salvia.Field Book of Western Wild Flowers
Miquel has recorded the union of a stigma with the middle lobe of the lower lip of the corolla of Salvia pratensis.Vegetable Teratology</p>
Maxwell T. Masters
Oleum salvi, L. From the herbaceous portion of Salvia officinalis, or common sage.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- 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)
C19: from Latin: sage ²
Word Origin and History for salvia
1844, from Latin salvia "the plant sage" (see sage (n.1)).
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