Etymology
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sagebrush (n.)

collective name for a type of dry, shrubby plant that grows over the vast dry plains of the western U.S., by 1846, from sage (n.1), to which it has no biological affinity, + brush (n.2). Said to be so called for resemblance of its appearance or odor.

Sage-brush is very fair fuel, but as a vegetable it is a distinguished failure. Nothing can abide the taste of it but the jackass and his illegitimate child, the mule. ["Mark Twain," "Roughing It"]

updated on November 08, 2021

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Definitions of sagebrush from WordNet

sagebrush (n.)
any of several North American composite subshrubs of the genera Artemis or Seriphidium;
Synonyms: sage brush
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