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white sage

Also called greasewood. a shrubby plant, Salvia apiana, of the mint family, native to southern California, having white, hairy foliage and spikes of white or pale lavender flowers.
an aromatic, composite plant, Artemisia ludoviciana, of western North America, having leaves with a downy white undersurface.
Origin of white sage
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Hare might never have been in white sage for all the recognition he found, but he excited something keener than curiosity.

  • One of us alone might get to see him, especially in white sage.

  • At the foot of the mountain the tracks left the white sage trail and led off to the north toward the cliffs.

  • Then he had ridden off on the white sage trail and had not been heard from since.

  • Mescal would soon be upon Silvermane, far out on the white sage trail, and this time there would be no sand-strip to trap her.

  • The bees make a delicious honey from the wild, white sage, which grows where nothing else will live.

    Stories of California Ella M. Sexton
  • Dave brought news from white sage, and it's almost unbelievable.

  • Far away little puffs of dust rose above the white sage, and creeping specks moved at a snail's pace.

  • Whether to attribute that fact to the distance from white sage or to the arrival at the water-hole he could not determine.

  • Hare was to ride in an open wagon, one that Naab had left at white sage to be loaded with grain.

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