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 One of those retiring is Will Hurd, who represents the 23rd district, a broad sweep of sagebrush between El Paso and San Antonio. The Economist, "Texas won’t go blue," 3 Oct. 2019 Sage grouse also feed on the sagebrush during the winter. Washington Post, "Massive juniper tree-cutting project aims to aid sage grouse," 21 Aug. 2019 Junipers are being cut where sagebrush still covers most of the ground. Washington Post, "Massive juniper tree-cutting project aims to aid sage grouse," 21 Aug. 2019 That means each lek needs about 115 square miles (295 square kilometers) of treeless sagebrush. Washington Post, "Massive juniper tree-cutting project aims to aid sage grouse," 21 Aug. 2019 The park is an amazement: winds from the west and southwest lift grains of sand from the grasses and sagebrush of the valley and deposit the finest ones, creating gigantic dunes. Dan Baum, Harpers Magazine, "August 2019," 22 July 2019 Other vegetation, such as trees and sagebrush, is expected to take longer to fully return. USA TODAY, "Penal farm to produce farm, music under the sea: News from around our 50 states," 16 July 2019 The soaking spring nourishing the Jeffrey pines and sagebrush is giving way to a desert dry as soaring heat scorches the new growth into blankets of kindling. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "Wet California winter is a boon for skiers and water supply. But it brings a threat: wildfires.," 17 June 2019 The soaking spring nourishing the Jeffrey pines and sagebrush is giving way to a desert dry as soaring heat scorches the new growth into blankets of kindling. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Wet California winter is a boon for skiers and water supply. But it brings a threat: wildfires.," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of sagebrush

1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Sagebrush.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sagebrush. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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sagebrush

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How to pronounce sagebrush (audio)

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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