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Yerba Buena

[yair-buh bwey-nuh, yur-buh] /ˈyɛər bə ˈbweɪ nə, ˈyɜr bə/
an island in San Francisco Bay between Oakland and San Francisco, California: a 500 feet (152 meters) two-story tunnel across this island connects the two spans of the San Francisco–Oakland bridge.
(lowercase) a trailing plant, Satureja douglasii, of the mint family, native to the Pacific coast of North America, having egg-shaped leaves, solitary white flowers, and branches that root at the tips, used formerly in medicine as an anthelmintic and emmenagogue. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We passed Yerba Buena, Bird, and several other small islands in the bay.

  • The little village of Yerba Buena has now grown to be the largest city on the Pacific coast and one that is known the world over.

    Stories of California Ella M. Sexton
  • The Yerba Buena and the southern wood came all right,—they smelt like you.

  • Five years afterward this village of Yerba Buena contained about fifty people and a dozen houses.

    Historic Adventures Rupert S. Holland
  • San Francisco grew from the Yerba Buena hamlet in sixty years.

  • Can your worship recall a circumstance that occurred some six years ago, when you where alcalde-mayor of Yerba Buena?

  • A shabby excrescence of tent and hut swells Yerba Buena to a town.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • Thirty-two of the male residents of Yerba Buena were enrolled as a volunteer corps, choosing their own officers.

  • We were hardly opposite Yerba Buena Island, however, when we ran into a fog that completely engulfed us.

    Byways Around San Francisco Bay William E. Hutchinson
  • Well, here we air, fine an' fatten, an' me with two bottles left o' somethin' they call coggnac down in Yerba Buena.

    The Covered Wagon Emerson Hough

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