kind of herb (Salvia officinalis
), c.1310, from O.Fr. sauge
(13c.), from L. salvia,
"healthy" (see safe
). So called for its healing or preserving qualities (it was used to keep teeth clean and relieve sore gums, and boiled in water to make a drink to alleviate arthritis). In Eng. folklore, sage, like parsley, is said to grow best where the wife is dominant. Sagebrush
first recorded 1852.