[ seyj-bruhsh ]
/ ˈseɪdʒˌbrʌʃ /


any of several sagelike, bushy composite plants of the genus Artemisia, especially A. tridentata, having silvery, wedge-shaped leaves, with three teeth at the tip, common on the dry plains of the western U.S.

Nearby words

  1. sage grouse,
  2. sage hen,
  3. sage sparrow,
  4. sage thrasher,
  5. sage, russell,
  6. sagely,
  7. sagenite,
  8. saggar,
  9. sagger,
  10. sagging moment

Origin of sagebrush

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; sage2 + brush2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sagebrush


/ (ˈseɪdʒˌbrʌʃ) /


any of several aromatic plants of the genus Artemisia, esp A. tridentata, a shrub of W North America, having silver-green leaves and large clusters of small white flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
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Word Origin and History for sagebrush



1850, from sage (n.1), to which it has no biological affinity, + brush (n.2). Said to be so called for resemblance of its appearance or odor.

Sage-brush is very fair fuel, but as a vegetable it is a distinguished failure. Nothing can abide the taste of it but the jackass and his illegitimate child, the mule. ["Mark Twain," "Roughing It"]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper