sage·​brush | \ ˈsāj-ˌbrəsh How to pronounce sagebrush (audio) \

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.

Examples of sagebrush in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The property is a rolling mix of bluffs and coulees, sagebrush flats and grasslands. Christine Peterson, Outside Online, 15 June 2022 The attractions takes about half the land, with the other half a bioreserve of undeveloped acres for coastal sagebrush and other indigenous plants and wildlife in the San Pasqual Valley near Escondido. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2022 Horned lizards shuffled in the sagebrush beneath us, but my horse’s gaze remained locked on his untamed brethren. New York Times, 26 July 2021 In its middle miles, the gradient backs off a notch and the land alternates between steep walls and softer sagebrush country. Christopher Solomon, Travel + Leisure, 20 Mar. 2022 Replanting the native sagebrush will keep invasive species from moving in and robbing the sage grouse—a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act, according to the U.S. Forest Service—of their food source. The Editors, Outside Online, 18 June 2015 Small sagebrush trees by Mike Wood, New York Times, 3 Mar. 2022 The hushed green tones of sagebrush leading up to a coniferous forest along the riverbanks make for a striking foreground for anyone looking to snap an unforgettable shot of the Grand. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 10 Jan. 2022 The plains of sagebrush, white clay, and thin grass open to the east. John Kissane, Outside Online, 26 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sagebrush

1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Sagebrush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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sage·​brush | \ ˈsāj-ˌbrəsh How to pronounce sagebrush (audio) \

Kids Definition of sagebrush

: 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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