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- 2 (also white sage) either of two bushy North American plants with silvery-grey leaves:
- an aromatic plant which was formerly burnt by the Cheyenne for its cleansing properties and as an incense (Artemisia ludoviciana, family Compositae). a plant of the goosefoot family (Krascheninnikovia lanata, family Chenopodiaceae).
Middle English: from Old French sauge, from Latin salvia 'healing plant', from salvus 'safe'