sage

Use the word sage for someone or something wise and judicious. Thanks to the sage advice of your friend, you didn't write your teacher an angry e-mail!

Although you might think of a wizard when you hear the word sage, really it means a wise man. Today you see it used to refer to someone who has insight in a particular field. If someone is a policy sage, he knows just what advice to give politicians to make them understand the issue and respond successfully to it. In a totally unrelated use, there is also a plant called sage that is useful in home remedies and cooking.

Primary Meanings of sage

1.
nadj
a mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics who is renowned for profound wisdom
having wisdom that comes with age and experience
2.
nadj
any of various plants of the genus Salvia; a cosmopolitan herb
of the grey-green color of sage leaves
Full Definitions of sage
1

n a mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics who is renowned for profound wisdom

Examples:
Balthasar
(New Testament) one of the three sages from the east who came bearing gifts for the infant Jesus
Caspar
(New Testament) one of the three sages from the east who came bearing gifts for the infant Jesus
Melchior
(New Testament) one of the three sages from the east who came bearing gifts for the infant Jesus; usually represented as a king of Nubia
Types:
Hakham
a Hebrew title of respect for a wise and highly educated man
mahatma
(Hinduism) term of respect for a brahmin sage
Type of:
mentor, wise man
a wise and trusted guide and advisor

adj having wisdom that comes with age and experience

Synonyms:
wise
having or prompted by wisdom or discernment
2

n any of various plants of the genus Salvia; a cosmopolitan herb

Synonyms:
salvia
Types:
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Salvia azurea, blue sage
blue-flowered sage of dry prairies of the eastern United States
Salvia clarea, clary sage
stout Mediterranean sage with white or pink or violet flowers; yields oil used as a flavoring and in perfumery
Salvia farinacea, blue sage, mealy sage
Texas sage having intensely blue flowers
Salvia lancifolia, Salvia reflexa, blue sage
sage of western North America to Central America having violet-blue flowers; widespread in cultivation
Salvia leucophylla, chaparral sage, purple sage
silvery-leaved California herb with purple flowers
Salvia lyrata, cancer weed, cancerweed
sage of eastern United States
Salvia officinalis, common sage, ramona
shrubby plant with aromatic greyish-green leaves used as a cooking herb
Salvia pratensis, meadow clary
tall perennial Old World salvia with violet-blue flowers; found in open grasslands
Salvia sclarea, clary
aromatic herb of southern Europe; cultivated in Great Britain as a potherb and widely as an ornamental
Salvia spathacea, pitcher sage
California erect and sparsely branched perennial
Mexican mint, Salvia divinorum
an herb from Oaxaca that has a powerful hallucinogenic effect; the active ingredient is salvinorin
Salvia verbenaca, vervain sage, wild clary, wild sage
Eurasian sage with blue flowers and foliage like verbena; naturalized in United States
Type of:
herb, herbaceous plant
a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests

n aromatic fresh or dried grey-green leaves used widely as seasoning for meats and fowl and game etc

Types:
clary sage
fresh leaves used in omelets and fritters and with lamb
Type of:
herb
aromatic potherb used in cookery for its savory qualities

adj of the grey-green color of sage leaves

Synonyms:
sage-green
chromatic
being or having or characterized by hue

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