black sage

noun

Definition of black sage

  1. 1 :  a woolly-leaved plant (Trichostema lanatum) native to southern California and Mexico

  2. 2 :  any of several plants of the genus Cordia; especially :  an introduced weed (C. macrostachya) that is a serious pest in sugar plantations on Mauritius

  3. 3 :  a common highly inflammable California sage (Salvia mellifera) that is the chief source of sage honey

  4. 4 :  either of two sagebrushes (Artemisia arbuscula and A. tridentata) of the western U.S.

  5. 5 :  a California herb (Audibertia stachyoides)

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