from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An evergreen Eurasian shrub (Juniperus sabina) having brownish-blue seed-bearing cones and young shoots that yield an oil formerly used medicinally.
  • n. Any of several related plants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An evergreen European shrub that yields a medicinal oil.
  • n. The dried tips of this plant, with poisonous and anthelmintic properties, used as a drug.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A coniferous shrub (Juniperus Sabina) of Western Asia, occasionally found also in the northern parts of the United States and in British America. It is a compact bush, with dark-colored foliage, and produces small berries having a glaucous bloom. Its bitter, acrid tops are sometimes used in medicine for gout, amenorrhœa, etc.
  • n. The North American red cedar (Juniperus Virginiana.)

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A European tree or shrub, Juniperus Sabina.
  • n. A drug consisting of savin-tops. See def. 1.

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

  • n. procumbent or spreading juniper


Middle English, from Old English safine and from Old French savine, both from Latin (herba) Sabīna, Sabine (plant), savin, feminine of Sabīnus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French savine, from Latin Sabina ("Sabine (herb)"). (Wiktionary)


  • She's what ye might call savin ', fer she's savin' her board, an 'when she left the Brimblecom's the last time she spent the summer with 'em, she put a little package in Mis'

    Randy and Her Friends

  • 'Why, he's weshed 'em all aat in th' Green Fowd Lodge wi 'savin'

    Lancashire Idylls (1898)

  • Comin 'to me as you did -- an' after bein 'druv off -- keepin' your council an 'savin' my girls from thet hold-up, wal, it's the biggest deal any man ever did for me ...

    The Man of the Forest

  • She s'posed, o 'course, that it was the men who had tackled the storm in the hope o' savin 'some o' the cattle, an 'she ran out o' the door to give 'em an answerin 'hail so as they could git an idee as to the direction o' the house.

    The Boy With the U. S. Foresters

  • An 'when he was goin' away, he gave her a gold sovereign, an 'he says, ` Put it in th' savin's-bank for him, an 'keep it theer till he's a big lad an' wants it. '

    T. Tembarom

  • Comin 'to me as you did -- an' after bein 'druv off -- keepin' your council an 'savin' my girls from thet hold-up, wal, it's the biggest deal any man ever did for me ....

    The Man of the Forest

  • An 'yet, we won't be idle, an' even to-day, maybe, some way o 'savin' you can be found!

    The Dramatic Works of Gerhart Hauptmann Volume II

  • "Tis th 'savin' o 'Emily an' makin 'she well -- an' makin 'she well!"

    Ungava Bob A Winter's Tale

  • At th 'same time I jealoused' at he were keen o 'savin' 'Liza Roantree's soul as well, and I could ha' killed him many a time.

    Life's Handicap

  • He was tired, says he; he was old -- an 'he was all tired out -- and he'd use the comfort he'd earned in all them years o' labor an 'savin'.

    Harbor Tales Down North With an Appreciation by Wilfred T. Grenfell, M.D.


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  • "There are words for trees that shelter these birds—
    low laurels, others that are called liquid-
    ambars, cedars, savins, and evergreen oaks—"
    from "Stranging" by David Baker, in Never-Ending Birds

    November 28, 2009