(Science: botany) A suffriticose labiate plant (salvia officinalis) with grayish green foliage, much used in flavoring meats, etc. The name is often extended to the whole genus, of which many species are cultivated for ornament, as the scarlet sage, and mexican red and blue sage.
Origin: OE. Sauge, F. Sauge, L. Salvia, from salvus saved, in allusion to its reputed healing virtues. See Safe.