white sage


Definition of white sage

: any of several shrubs of western America having canescent or hoary foliage: such as
a : a common sagebrush (Artemisia ludoviciana)
c : a perennial shrubby herb (Salvia apiana) chiefly of dry soils of southern California and Baja California that has aromatic white to pale green leaves and tall flower stalks with white to pale lavender flowers

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First Known Use of white sage

1862, in the meaning defined above

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“White sage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20sage. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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