from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of gamopetalous plants of the order Gentianeæ, tribe Chironieæ, and subtribe Erythræeæ.

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  • noun Sabbatia, a genus of smooth slender North American herbs (family Gentianaceae) with opposite leaves and showy white or rose-pink cymose flowers
  • noun a plant of this genus

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of various plants of the genus Sabbatia having usually pink cymose flowers; occur from acid bogs to brackish marshes


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  • The flowers that grew in abundance about the settlement must have given them joy, -- _arbutus_ or "mayflowers," wild roses, blue chicory, Queen Anne's lace, purple asters, golden-rod and the beautiful sabbatia or "sentry" which is still found on the banks of the fresh ponds near the town and is called "the Plymouth rose."

    The Women Who Came in the Mayflower

  • But perhaps what told an observer more about Willie Spence than did anything else was a bunch of rarely beautiful sabbatia blooming in a pickle bottle and a wee black kitten who disported herself unmolested among the tools cluttering the deeply scarred workbench.

    Flood Tide


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