American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One venerated for experience, judgment, and wisdom.
- adj. Having or exhibiting wisdom and calm judgment.
- adj. Proceeding from or marked by wisdom and calm judgment: sage advice.
- adj. Archaic Serious; solemn.
- n. Any of various plants of the genus Salvia, especially S. officinalis, having aromatic grayish-green, opposite leaves. Also called ramona.
- n. The leaves of this plant used as a seasoning.
- n. Any of various similar or related plants in the mint family.
- n. Sagebrush.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wise; judicious; prudent. Specifically— Applied to persons: Discreet,far-seeing, and cool-headed; able to give good counsel.
- Applied to advice: Sound; well-judged; adapted to the situation.
- Learned; profound; having great science.
- Synonyms Sagacious, Knowing, etc. (see astute), judicious. See list under sagacious.
- Oracular, venerable.
- n. A wise man; a man of gravity and wisdom; particularly, a man venerable for years, and known as a man of sound judgment and prudence; a grave philosopher.
- n. A plant of the genus Salvia, especially S. officinalis, the common garden sage. This is a shrubby perennial, sometimes treated as an annual, with rough hoary-green leaves, and blue flowers variegated with white and purple and arranged in spiked whorls. Medicinally, sage is slightly tonic, astringent, and aromatic. It was esteemed by the ancients, but at present, though officinal, is little used as a remedy except in domestic practice. The great use of sage is as a condiment in flavoring dressings, sausages, cheese, etc. In Europe S. pratensis, the meadow-sage, a blue-flowered species growing in meadows, and S. Sclarea, the clary, are also officinal, and the latter is used in soups, but the taste is less agreeable. The ornamental species (which include the two last named) are numerous, and in several cases brilliant. Such are the half-hardy S. splendens, the scarlet sage of Brazil; S. fulgens, the cardinal or Mexican red sage; and the Mexican S. patens, with deep-blue, widely ringent corolla over two inches long. The European S. argentea, the silver-leafed sage, or clary, is cultivated for its foliage. Blue-flowered species fit for the garden, native in the United States, are S. azurea of the southern States, S. Pitcheri, with the leaves minutely soft-downy, found from Kansas to Texas, and the Texan S. farinosa, with a white hoary surface. See chia, clary, and phrases below.
- n. A name of certain plants of other genera. See the phrases below.
- n. In California, Trichostema lanatum, a labiate plant.
- n. See Kochia.
- n. In southern California, another whitish plant of the same order, Audibertia polystachya, a shrub from 3 to 10 feet high, useful in bee-pastures. It is one of the plants called greasewood.
- n. In Jamaica, species of Lantana.
- n. At the Cape of Good Hope, a large composite shrub, Tarchonanthus camphoratus, having a strong balsamic odor. Also called African fleabane.
- adj. wise
- n. a wise man or spiritual teacher; a man of gravity and wisdom, especially, a teacher venerable for years, and of sound judgment and prudence; a grave or stoic philosopher
- n. A savory spice, Salvia officinalis, also planted for ornamental purposes. Scientific name: Salvia officinalis
- interj. Internet slang Word used in the email field of imageboards to prevent a bump of the post. Used as an option rather than a word in some imageboard software
- v. Internet slang The act of using the word or option sage in the email field or a checkbox of an imageboard when posting a reply
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A suffruticose labiate plant (Salvia officinalis) with grayish green foliage, much used in flavoring meats, etc. The name is often extended to the whole genus, of which many species are cultivated for ornament, as the scarlet sage, and Mexican red and blue sage.
- n. The sagebrush.
- adj. Having nice discernment and powers of judging; prudent; grave; sagacious.
- adj. Proceeding from wisdom; well judged; shrewd; well adapted to the purpose.
- adj. rare Grave; serious; solemn.
- n. A wise man; a man of gravity and wisdom; especially, a man venerable for years, and of sound judgment and prudence; a grave philosopher.
- n. any of various plants of the genus Salvia; a cosmopolitan herb
- adj. having wisdom that comes with age and experience
- n. a mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics who is renowned for profound wisdom
- n. aromatic fresh or dried grey-green leaves used widely as seasoning for meats and fowl and game etc
- adj. of the grey-green color of sage leaves
- From Japanese 下げる (sageru, "to lower"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *sapius, from Latin sapere, to be wise. Middle English sauge, from Old French, from Latin salvia, from salvus, healthy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This shrub is the _artemisia_ -- a species of wild sage or wormwood, -- and the plains upon which it grows are called by the hunters, who cross them, the _sage prairies_.”
“At squash planting time, the sage is about four inches high”
“While condemning every attempt of a people to establish its own liberties, Alexander still believed that in some countries sovereigns would do well to make their subjects a grant of what he called sage and liberal institutions.”
“In the first place the feet sink in the loose and sandy soil, in the second it is densely covered with the hideous porcupine; to avoid the constant prickings from this the walker is compelled to raise his feet to an unnatural height; and another hideous vegetation, which I call sage-bush, obstructs even more, although it does not pain so much as the irritans.”
“The name sage, meaning wisdom, appears to have had a different origin, but as the plant was reputed to strengthen the memory, there seems to be ground for believing that those who ate the plant would be wise.”
“This turkey breast, flavored with the traditional rosemary and sage, is also dusted with chili powder and served with a side of collard greens as a nod to Africa.”
“In fear of death, the quiet saint or sage is dying all his life.”
“The sage is subtle, overshadowed by the roast and hops; the hot peppers reach a crescendo way back in the throat, singeing the uvula.”
“And, just a word of sage counsel for your next movie role.”
“I think it is a better fit in sage brush, bitter brush, and other lighter brushy areas as well as marshes/wetlands.”
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