sav·​in ˈsa-vən How to pronounce savin (audio)
: a Eurasian juniper (Juniperus sabina) with dark berrylike cones and foliage

Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin (herba) sabina, literally, Sabine plant

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of savin was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Savin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


sav·​in ˈsav-ən How to pronounce savin (audio)
: a mostly prostrate Eurasian evergreen juniper (Juniperus sabina) with dark foliage and small berries having a glaucous bloom and with bitter acrid tops that are sometimes used in folk medicine (as for amenorrhea or as an abortifacient)

called also sabina

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