Definition of savin in English:

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savin

Pronunciation: /ˈsavɪn/

noun

1A bushy Eurasian juniper which typically has horizontally spreading branches.
  • Juniperus sabina, family Cupressaceae
1.1 [mass noun] An extract obtained from the savin plant, formerly used as an abortifacient.
Example sentences
  • Such mixtures usually worked by causing violent vomiting or diarrhoea, although recent research has indicated that some ingredients, such as the herb savin, might well have produced uterine contractions.

Origin

Old English, from Old French savine, from Latin sabina (herba) 'Sabine (herb)'.

Words that rhyme with savin

Gavin, ravin, ravine, spavin

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