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sagebrush

[seyj-bruhsh] /ˈseɪdʒˌbrʌʃ/
noun
1.
any of several sagelike, bushy composite plants of the genus Artemisia, especially A. tridentata, having silvery, wedge-shaped leaves, with three teeth at the tip, common on the dry plains of the western U.S.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35, Americanism; sage2 + brush2
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  • Also, burning low elevation stands will probably speed up the process of aspen being replaced by sagebrush.
  • On our side, the ground is still virtually bare except for sagebrush.
  • People who think they know from hearsay picture a bone-dry landscape puckered with sagebrush and tumbleweed.
  • Expansive aspen stands and piñon- and juniper-dotted ridges give way to sandy sagebrush deserts.
  • Responsible for its downturn: conversion of sagebrush habitat to agriculture.
  • The foothills of these mountains are covered in sagebrush and junipers and are inhabited by rattlesnakes at lower elevations.
  • In summer, wildflowers cover the meadows, and the valley floor is blanketed with sagebrush.
  • Riders can participate in a guided cattle drive to gather and drive a herd across the sagebrush plains and aspen-covered hills.
  • Visitors to the area will see sweeping panoramic views of sagebrush and pinyon trees.
  • Gilding the lily is the fact that it's really an anti-western, exploding a lot of the mythology that sagebrush fans hold dear.
British Dictionary definitions for sagebrush

sagebrush

/ˈseɪdʒˌbrʌʃ/
noun
1.
any of several aromatic plants of the genus Artemisia, esp A. tridentata, a shrub of W North America, having silver-green leaves and large clusters of small white flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
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Word Origin and History for sagebrush
n.

1850, from sage (n.1), to which it has no biological affinity, + brush (n.2). Said to be so called for resemblance of its appearance or odor.

Sage-brush is very fair fuel, but as a vegetable it is a distinguished failure. Nothing can abide the taste of it but the jackass and his illegitimate child, the mule. ["Mark Twain," "Roughing It"]

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