noun \ˈsal-vē-ə\

Definition of SALVIA

:  any of a large and widely distributed genus (Salvia) of herbs and shrubs of the mint family having a 2-lipped open calyx and two anthers; especially :  one (S. splendens) with scarlet flowers

Origin of SALVIA

New Latin, from Latin, sage — more at sage
First Known Use: 1601


noun \ˈsal-vē-ə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SALVIA

capitalized : a genus of widely distributed herbs or shrubs of the mint family (Labiatae) including the sage (S. officinalis)
: any herb or shrub of the genus Salvia


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of about 900 species of herbaceous and woody plants that make up the genus Salvia, in the mint family. Some members (e.g., sage) are important as sources of flavouring. Easy to propagate, transplant, and grow in poor soil and drought conditions, salvias are a garden staple. Best-known is the 1–3-ft (30–90-cm) annual scarlet sage (S. splendens) from Brazil, whose blazing spikes contrast with dark green, oval leaves from midsummer to frost. Blue sage (S. farinacea), of southwestern North America, is a favourite in dried winter bouquets.


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