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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for salvia

Historical Examples of salvia

  • 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.

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 for salvia

C19: from Latin: sage ²
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Word Origin and History for salvia

1844, from Latin salvia "the plant sage" (see sage (n.1)).

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