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salvia

[sal-vee-uh] /ˈsæl vi ə/
noun
1.
any plant of the genus Salvia, comprising the sages, having opposite leaves and whorled flowers.
Origin of salvia
1835-1845
1835-45; < New Latin, Latin: sage
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  • They prefer the most gorgeous reds and scarlets, such as that of salvia horminum, Lobelia cardinalis, and the like.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • Again in the Verbena and salvia, we have scarlet and blue, but no yellow.

    Your Plants James Sheehan
  • Also about this, Peganum and salvia reoccur, both kinds not being uncommon about Bamean.

  • They are very important honey-plants, commonly called Sage, and by some botanists considered to be a species of salvia.

  • There is a plant called salvia glutinosa—easily recognized by its sticky calyx and pale yellow flowers.

    Creation and Its Records B.H. Baden-Powell
  • Miquel has recorded the union of a stigma with the middle lobe of the lower lip of the corolla of salvia pratensis.

    Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
  • I want to put in quite a good deal this spring with a thought to next fall, dahlias and astors and cosmos and salvia in plenty.

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • Oleum salvi, L. From the herbaceous portion of salvia officinalis, or common sage.

  • Very few novelties occur: hedges of Hippophæ and roses, salvia very common to-day; asses were seen laden with dried Ruwash leaves.

  • When these have faded, the salvia plants are set out in the same bed, without disturbing the bulbs.

    A Woman's Hardy Garden Helena Rutherfurd Ely
British Dictionary definitions for salvia

salvia

/ˈsælvɪə/
noun
1.
any herbaceous plant or small shrub of the genus Salvia, such as the sage, grown for their medicinal or culinary properties or for ornament: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: sage²
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Word Origin and History for salvia
n.

1844, from Latin salvia "the plant sage" (see sage (n.1)).

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