sagebrush

noun
sage·brush | \ ˈsāj-ˌbrəsh \

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.

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Experts generally attribute the decline to road construction, development and oil and gas leasing. Sage grouse survival is completely dependent on sagebrush, which covers large open areas in parts of the U.S. West. Keith Ridler, idahostatesman, "Breeding ground 'hubs' help keep sage grouse healthy. In Idaho, 1 sits near CJ Strike," 6 June 2018 Experts generally attribute the decline to road construction, development and oil and gas leasing. Sage grouse survival is completely dependent on sagebrush, which covers large open areas in parts of the U.S. West. Keith Ridler, idahostatesman, "Breeding ground 'hubs' help keep sage grouse healthy. In Idaho, 1 sits near CJ Strike," 6 June 2018 Forty minutes north of Las Vegas, Creech is a constellation of windswept airstrips surrounded by sagebrush and cactus groves. New York Times, "The Wounds of the Drone Warrior," 13 June 2018 Experts generally attribute the decline to road construction, development and oil and gas leasing. Sage grouse survival is completely dependent on sagebrush, which covers large open areas in parts of the U.S. West. Washington Post, "Sage grouse DNA study maps crucial mating grounds in US West," 5 June 2018 Sage grouse habitats are being infiltrated by cheatgrass, an invasive species that grows thick—unlike native sagebrush, which grows spotty—which can fuel massive wildfires that destroy their homes. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Why Scientists Turned This Taxidermy Bird Into a Robot," 1 June 2018 Related stories from Idaho Statesman The value of sagebrush: West’s old growth offers habitat for unique species, moisture for the landscape Cynthia Sewell is Idaho Statesman's government and investigative reporter. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "Farewell, western juniper. Idaho, feds partner to yank the plant & let sagebrush return," 31 May 2018 While the Skeena flowed through the lush, rainy coastal mountains, the Fraser starts up high in dry country: There's sagebrush lining the banks for many miles. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Think you’ve driven crazy roads? Just wait till you try driving the Fraser River Valley," 26 May 2018 As her mother cheered from the sideline of a JV soccer game last fall in Bend, 7-year-old Naomi Vaughan went off to play in the nearby sagebrush surrounding the soccer fields. Kyle Spurr, The Christian Science Monitor, "Girl finds 65 million year old fossil in Oregon field," 19 Mar. 2018

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1850, in the meaning defined above

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sagebrush

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sagebrush

: a small plant that has leaves with a strong smell and that grows in dry areas of the western U.S.

sagebrush

noun
sage·brush | \ ˈsāj-ˌbrəsh \

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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