Definition of sagebrush in English:

sagebrush

noun

  • 1A shrubby aromatic North American plant of the daisy family.

    • ‘Sideoats grama, buffalo grass, sagebrush, yucca and prickly pear cactus are also common on the canyon floor and walls.’
    • ‘During spring, the heifers grazed crested wheatgrass and native sagebrush.’
    • ‘Across much of its range, the Gray Flycatcher prefers sagebrush and juniper.’
    • ‘On the east side of the river are scattered pastures and farm houses, and on the west side is an old lava flow covered with sagebrush.’
    • ‘Cheatgrass, sagebrush, manzanita, and ponderosa pine are all part of the volatile ground fuels mix that surrounds the fast-growing city.’
    • ‘The garden is situated on the undeveloped edge of a large city park, among the muted tones of sagebrush, oak and eucalyptus.’
    • ‘They also typically wore animal-skin moccasins sometimes ankle high or woven yucca or sagebrush bark sandals on their feet.’
    • ‘The sagebrush and yucca plants made the groups course jagged.’
    • ‘Left to itself, it would be sagebrush and cactus, but American capital and hydro-engineering wizardry have made it greener than wet Seattle.’
    • ‘The nest is usually located in or under big sagebrush or three-tip sage plants.’
    • ‘But only the tumbleweeds, sagebrush and cactus, that stood like splintered sentries, were visible in this vast wilderness.’
    • ‘The first home I made west of Lake Michigan was in central Arizona, tucked between low hills and covered in Ponderosa pine and sagebrush.’
    • ‘Among the other new small champions you may recognize are the Texas redbud, yellow paloverde, mountain-laurel, and big sagebrush.’
    • ‘After this the paving ends and I follow a dirt track through pine trees and sagebrush.’
    • ‘Wide open spaces beckon hikers to the slopes of Peavine Mountain, where jackrabbits and aromatic sagebrush still thrive.’
    • ‘The greater sage-grouse is all about the sagebrush, an aromatic, woody shrub with silvery leaves.’
    • ‘Botanical species in this ancient ecosystem included sagebrush, bluegrass, sedges, and herbs.’
    • ‘Milligan dragged himself through sagebrush, cactus and rocks, tearing what little skin he had left on his right arm and backside.’
    • ‘He strolled from the hotel across a vacant field of cactus and sagebrush, shooting snakes and beer cans as he made his way.’
    • ‘In summer months they eat cacti, sagebrush, mesquite, alfalfa, clover, other grasses, and herbaceous vegetation.’
    1. 1.1Scrub that is dominated by sagebrush, occurring chiefly in semiarid regions of western North America.
      • ‘Environmental groups have long cited livestock grazing and related development, such as roads, fences, and waterways, as major contributors to the degradation of sagebrush ecosystems.’
      • ‘American Kestrels are found in a wide variety of open habitats, among them agricultural areas, grasslands, sagebrush, shrub-steppe, steppe, and dry forest zones.’
      • ‘Just as impressive is its surrounding 90,000 acres of upland sagebrush steppe, which once predominated in the Columbia Basin.’
      • ‘Elsewhere, disappearing rabbits can signal declining health of grassland and sagebrush ecosystems.’
      • ‘They inhabit dense forests, open sagebrush country, and alpine parklands.’
      • ‘It has achieved dominant status on tens of millions of hectares of former cold desert shrubland and sagebrush steppe vegetation.’
      • ‘They appear to prefer areas dominated by sagebrush or bitterbrush, with native grasses intermixed, generally avoiding cheatgrass-dominated landscapes.’
      • ‘Loss of sagebrush in the Great Basin to agriculture and grazing has reduced the sage grouse population from several million to 160,000.’
      • ‘Deep gorges slice through the Canyonlands' vast sagebrush steppe, which supports one of the largest concentrations of California bighorn sheep in the West.’
      • ‘Because less than 3 percent of the entire sagebrush habitat is protected in parks or reserves, the resources in almost all sagebrush ecosystems are heavily used.’
      • ‘Although there is some overlap, dialect regions are generally separated by tracts of mostly unused sagebrush or forested areas.’
      • ‘We're parked atop a vertigo-inducing earthen dam in the San Juan Basin, in northwestern New Mexico's arid sandstone and sagebrush country.’
      • ‘A 1945 Forest Service publication declared that in areas where sagebrush had replaced grass, the problem was ‘sick land.’’
      • ‘The thin mantle of soil and quartzitic gravel is vegetated with ubiquitous sagebrush typical of the high desert in northeastern Nevada.’
      • ‘From base camp with vans in the rugged Smoke Creek Desert north of Reno, we will day-hike in these sweeping expanses of sagebrush and juniper.’
      • ‘Wildlife species that rely on native grasslands and sagebrush habitat have experienced considerable change.’
      • ‘It faces imminent extinction resulting from disturbances to its sagebrush habitat, disease, predation, and loss of genetic diversity.’
      • ‘A sagebrush steppe ecosystem occupying much of southern Idaho, Craters sits on the northern edge of the Snake River Plain, which tips upward as it merges with the Pioneer Mountains.’
      • ‘In that semiarid climate, I lived amid sagebrush and dust.’
      • ‘Blacktail Deer Creek is a third-order montane stream with a narrow, well-defined riparian area bounded by sagebrush and open forest uplands.’

Pronunciation:

sagebrush

/ˈsājˌbrəSH/