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[sav-in] /ˈsæv ɪn/
a juniper, Juniperus sabina, of Europe and Asia.
the drug derived from the dried tops of this plant, formerly used in treating amenorrhea.
red cedar (def 1).
Origin of savin
before 1000; Middle English; Old English safine, saveneLatin (herba) Sabina Sabine (herb) Unabridged
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  • This, at any rate, was the project on which Mr. savin set his heart.

    The Story of the Cambrian C. P. Gasquoine
  • Its spirit and life are as independent of the savin as of the planet Jupiter.

    The Foot-path Way Bradford Torrey
  • Not lightly are the lives of the mariners of our commodious port to be risked for the savin' of a penny'orth of oil.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • I've been a savin' man, sonny, an' 'ave bin oncommon lucky in traade.

    The Birthright Joseph Hocking
  • There comes the smoke from the tavern, an' men are stationed to prevent the people from savin' anything.

  • Speed, done 'im in, savin' 'is country's 'time an' 'is country's oats; that done 'im in.

    The Burning Spear John Galsworthy
  • But I ain't bad at heart, an' I shan't forgit ye for savin' me a dirty fall, mark that!

    To Alaska for Gold Edward Stratemeyer
  • My savin' soul, Miss Martha, folks ought to be careful what they say, hadn't they?

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Don't speak the word, Mouse, an' you just after savin' me life!

  • She wan't heavin' any teakittles at folks then; my savin' soul, no!

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for savin


a small spreading juniper bush, Juniperus sabina, of Europe, N Asia, and North America
the oil derived from the shoots and leaves of this plant, formerly used in medicine to treat rheumatism, etc
another name for red cedar (sense 1)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French savine, from Latin herba Sabīna the Sabine plant
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