sagebrush

noun
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 In rolling pastures of low sagebrush or other shrubs. Toby Walrath, Outdoor Life, "Coyote Nation: A Crash Course in Coyote Hunting," 25 Jan. 2021 Experts say the blazes have mainly been driven by cheatgrass, an invasive species that relies on fire to spread to new areas while killing native plants, including sagebrush on which sage grouse depend. oregonlive, "Feds release plan to reduce massive wildfires in US West," 28 Nov. 2020 Deputies found the man asleep in an SUV that had gone off the road into sagebrush near the Fillmore Cemetery late Saturday night, according to a probable cause statement. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Millard County man arrested for DUI, accused of coughing on nurses, saying he has COVID-19," 26 Oct. 2020 Look for good browse vegetation, including plants like bitterbrush, Gamble oak, sagebrush, catclaw acacia, and so on. Outdoor Life, "7 Rules You Must Follow to Punch Your Big-Game Tag on Public Land," 10 Dec. 2020 Experts say the blazes have mainly been driven by cheatgrass, an invasive species that relies on fire to spread to new areas while killing native plants, including sagebrush on which sage grouse depend. oregonlive, "Feds release plan to reduce massive wildfires in US West," 28 Nov. 2020 The next stop, called Blue Basin, contained two hiking trails through the sagebrush to overlooks. Washington Post, "In Oregon, the passage of millions of years can be seen in unusual fossils and stunning vistas," 4 Dec. 2020 Bernards and his friends returned to the site on Saturday and watched visitors who were unaware of its removal continue to stream into the area, including a Cessna that landed in the sagebrush. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Moab’s ‘Mr. Slackline’ claims he was behind the removal of the Utah monolith," 1 Dec. 2020 Experts say the blazes have mainly been driven by cheatgrass, an invasive species that relies on fire to spread to new areas while killing native plants, including sagebrush on which sage grouse depend. oregonlive, "Feds release plan to reduce massive wildfires in US West," 28 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of sagebrush

1850, in the meaning defined above

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18 Feb 2021

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“Sagebrush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sagebrush. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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