sage·​brush ˈsāj-ˌbrəsh How to pronounce sagebrush (audio)
: 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 Bruneau is a secret canyon in Southwest Idaho’s sagebrush plain, located between 90 and 120 miles southeast of Boise. Pete Zimowsky, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 The Black Mountain Open Space is a 2,352-acre park managed by the city of San Diego that is home to critters like rattlesnakes and coyotes as well as plant life like toyon, California sagebrush and prickly pear. Maura Fox, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Dec. 2023 The bullet pierced the cooling fins of the transformer, as intended, causing mineral oil to gush onto the sagebrush. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's Magazine, 16 Oct. 2023 Grant chronicles his 142-day adventure in The Last Ride of the Pony Express, a first-person narrative describing his trip across the Great Plains of Nebraska and the sagebrush steppe of Wyoming in the company of his two horses, Badger and Chicken Fry. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Dec. 2023 Our windows were open to the desert outside, the air all sagebrush and sunburnt dirt. Nancy Walecki, The Atlantic, 30 Nov. 2023 Magee Homestead Nestled among sagebrush and meadows in Saratoga, Wyoming, this authentic dude ranch offers rejuvenating experiences for the body and soul and plenty of outdoor adventure. Hugh Garvey, Sunset Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 Three unique fragrances inspired by Jeffrey pine, California walnut and Cowboy Cologne, also known as California sagebrush. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2023 Of all of the efforts by the Biden administration to protect environmentally fragile lands, few have generated as much vitriol as a proposal that would block oil and gas drilling on 1.6 million acres of high desert sagebrush steppe in Wyoming. Lisa Friedman, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sagebrush was in 1850

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“Sagebrush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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sage·​brush ˈsāj-ˌbrəsh How to pronounce sagebrush (audio)
: any of several low shrubby North American plants related to the daisies
especially : a common plant with a bitter juice that smells like sage and is widespread on the plains of the western U.S.

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