Definition of salvia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsalvēə/


A widely distributed plant of the mint family, especially (in gardening) a bedding plant cultivated for its spikes of bright flowers.
  • Genus Salvia, family Labiatae: many species, in particular the scarlet-flowered S. splendens.
Example sentences
  • Fill containers with herbs, such as oregano, trailing rosemary, salvias, or thyme.
  • Bright red salvias, phlox, anthurium and balsam flower in profusion in neat rows, and no wonder Thangam won the first prize for her garden.
  • Replace fading cool-season annuals with heat lovers like celosias, dahlias, marigolds, petunias, salvias, and verbenas.


Modern Latin, from Latin salvia 'sage'.

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Syllabification: sal·vi·a

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