• WordNet 3.6
    • n salvia any of various plants of the genus Salvia; a cosmopolitan herb
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Salvia (Bot) A genus of plants including the sage. See Sage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n salvia A large genus of gamopetalous plants of the order Labiatæ and tribe Monardeæ. It is characterized by a two-lipped calyx cleft slightly or to the middle and not closed by hairs, and by two anthers, one erect and bearing a perfect anther-cell, the other spreading and club-shaped or bearing an empty and imperfect anther-cell. The flowers are in verticillasters of two or more, these grouped in spikes, racemes, or panicles, or rarely all axillary. There are about 450 species, widely scattered through temperate and warm regions, about 30 in the United States, chiefly southward. They are either herbs or shrubs and of great variety in habit, their leaves ranging from entire to pinnatifid, and their flowers from the spike to the panicle, from a minute to a conspicuous size, and through almost all colors except yellow. The floral leaves are generally changed into bracts, often colored like the flowers. scarlet and showy in the cultivated S. splendens and other species. The members of the subgenus Salvia, including the garden sage, are all natives of the Old World, are often shrubby, and have a sterile anther-cell on each stamen; those of the subgenus Sclarea (Tournefort, 1700), including the clary, also all of them Old World species, lack the imperfect anther-cell; the large subgenus Calosphace includes about 250 American species, some of great beauty with corollas several inches in length. A general name of the species is sage, though the ornamental species are known as salvia. See sage, chia, clary, and cuts under bilabiate, calyx, and lyrate.
    • n salvia [lowercase] Any plant of this genus: applied especially to the ornamental sorts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Salvia sal′vi-a a large genus of gamopetalous Labiate plants, including the sage.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., sage


In literature:

There was scarlet salvia, now, to take the place of the red geraniums.
"Fanny Herself" by Edna Ferber
Salvia, Hildebrand's paper on.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
In that same wonderful evening another detachment of soldiers conducted along the Ostian Way Paul of Tarsus toward a place called Aquae Salviae.
"Quo Vadis" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
I want to know who was in your hot-house yesterday ... who could have gathered some of your pink salvias?
"Arsene Lupin" by Edgar Jepson
Certainly its adaptation is quite as perfect as the salvia's.
"Wild Flowers Worth Knowing" by Neltje Blanchan
Salvia, or scarlet sage, looks well in wide borders, or near the underpinning of the house.
"The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming." by Ellen Eddy Shaw
This may be well seen in many species of Salvia and Erica.
"Darwinism (1889)" by Alfred Russel Wallace
Sambucus of below, Salvia of Royle, Polytrichum rubescens.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Next Centaurea candidissima (Dusty Miller); the centre being a mound of Scarlet Salvias.
"Your Plants" by James Sheehan
And what if the salvia, as by a miracle, blossoms on the jasmine?
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani

In poetry:

Listen again.
Salvia and hibiscus flowers.
Is it not so?
Salvia and hibiscus flowers.
"Hibiscus And Salvia Flowers" by D H Lawrence
If there were salvia-savage bolshevists
To burn the world back to manure-good ash.
Wouldn't I stick the salvia in my coat!
But these themselves must burn, these louts!
"Hibiscus And Salvia Flowers" by D H Lawrence
I long to be a bolshevist
And set the stinking rubbish-heap of this foul world
Afire at a myriad scarlet points,
A bolshevist, a salvia-face
To lick the world with flame that licks it clean.
"Hibiscus And Salvia Flowers" by D H Lawrence
Nettles, and a rose sprout,
Hibiscus, and mere grass,
Salvia still in a rage
And almond honey-still,
And fig-wort stinking for the carrion wasp;
All the lot of them, and let them fight it out.
"Hibiscus And Salvia Flowers" by D H Lawrence
And I salute hibiscus and the salvia flower
Upon the breasts of loutish bolshevists,
Damned loutish bolshevists,
Who perhaps will do the business after all,
In the long run, in spite of themselves.
"Hibiscus And Salvia Flowers" by D H Lawrence
Or salvia!
Or dragon-mouthed salvia with gold throat of wrath!
Flame-flushed, enraged, splendid salvia,
Cock-crested, crowing your orange scarlet like a tocsin
Along the Corso all this Sunday morning.
"Hibiscus And Salvia Flowers" by D H Lawrence

In news:

Salvia 's are super tough and super beautiful.
Bill Banning 'Spice,' Salvia in State Could Soon Be Law.
The Heatwave salvia series can take the heat and the drought and will keep on blooming.
Salvia 'Summer Jewel Red' From American Takii.
Salvia 'Summer Jewel Red' from Takii is a 2011 AAS award winner.
'Summer Jewel Red' offers gardeners an early-blooming, compact Salvia coccinea.
California is one step closer to banning the sale of salvia divinorum to children 17 and younger.
Salvia -fest, spring bulbs & pumpkin decorate.
Salvia greggii was my first native perennial, a big deal for me when I nabbed this "rare" plant at Zilker Garden Festival years ago.
"When the kids get used to using salvia , the idea is that it's a little easier to step across the line and buy drugs that are already illegal," she said.
There's something vaguely unsettling about the myriad YouTube clips of people tripping on Salvia divinorum.
Up in smoke Practically unknown, salvia will soon become the latest casualty in the War on Drugs.
It might be legal, but there's still a stigma A high school newspaper censors a student journalists attempt to write about salvia use.
In the name of God, leave salvia alone.
Of course, good cooks everywhere already know one of the salvias , or sages -- the herb required in tasty turkey stuffing.