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savin

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[sav-in]
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noun
  1. a juniper, Juniperus sabina, of Europe and Asia.
  2. the drug derived from the dried tops of this plant, formerly used in treating amenorrhea.
  3. red cedar(def 1).

Origin of savin

before 1000; Middle English; Old English safine, saveneLatin (herba) Sabina Sabine (herb)
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Examples from the Web for savin

Historical Examples

  • Speed, done 'im in, savin' 'is country's 'time an' 'is country's oats; that done 'im in.

    The Burning Spear

    John Galsworthy

  • And I can think of as many ways to do that as the Cap'n can of savin' a quarter.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • She wan't heavin' any teakittles at folks then; my savin' soul, no!

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • My savin' soul, Miss Martha, folks ought to be careful what they say, hadn't they?

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He was a savin', sthrivin' man, an' he married a woman wid money.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)


British Dictionary definitions for savin

savin

savine

noun
  1. a small spreading juniper bush, Juniperus sabina, of Europe, N Asia, and North America
  2. the oil derived from the shoots and leaves of this plant, formerly used in medicine to treat rheumatism, etc
  3. another name for red cedar (def. 1)

Word Origin

C14: from Old French savine, from Latin herba Sabīna the Sabine plant
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