Definition of sagebrush
: any of several North American hoary composite subshrubs (genus Artemisia); especially : one (A. tridentata) having a bitter juice and an odor resembling sage and often covering vast tracts of alkaline plains in the western U.S.
Recent Examples of sagebrush from the Web
The ground and most the sagebrush that the pygmy rabbits rely on were charred black.
The metallic-looking, lightweight fabric was scattered, shredded across the gravel and sagebrush of the New Mexico desert.
At 6 a.m. on Tuesday the type 2 Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team Black assumed control of the fire, which is burning in sagebrush, pinyon juniper and cheat grass.
The grayscale canyon suddenly transformed into a rainbow of color: deep blue hues on the John Day River, dark reds of the canyon walls, a golden brown blanket of high desert steppe, and the otherworldly green of fresh spring sagebrush.
Set out from the parking area along a wide trail that cuts through sweet-smelling sagebrush.
The landscape mirrors the American Southwest — all buttes and sagebrush.
Good pay for skilled labor is the culture here in Colstrip, a town surrounded by sagebrush that sprung to life in 1924 to provide coal for the locomotives of the Northern Pacific Railway.
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First Known Use of sagebrush
SAGEBRUSH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sagebrush for English Language Learners
: a small plant that has leaves with a strong smell and that grows in dry areas of the western U.S.
SAGEBRUSH Defined for Kids
Definition of sagebrush for Students
: a plant of the western United States that grows as a low shrub and has a bitter juice and strong smell
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