Sagebrush vs Tumbleweed - What's the difference?

sagebrush | tumbleweed |


As nouns the difference between sagebrush and tumbleweed

is that sagebrush is any of several north american aromatic shrubs or small trees, of the genus artemisia , having silvery-grey, green leaves while tumbleweed is any plant which habitually breaks away from its roots in the autumn, and is driven by the wind, as a light, rolling mass, over the fields and prairies; as witch grass, wild indigo, , etc.

sagebrush

English

Alternative forms

*sage brush

Noun

(wikipedia sagebrush) (sagebrushes)
  • Any of several North American aromatic shrubs or small trees, of the genus Artemisia , having silvery-grey, green leaves.
  • tumbleweed

    English

    Noun

    (wikipedia tumbleweed)
  • Any plant which habitually breaks away from its roots in the autumn, and is driven by the wind, as a light, rolling mass, over the fields and prairies; as witch grass, wild indigo, , etc.
  • (attributive) Describing unwanted silence and inactivity. Often used of a situation when one makes a statement that is ignored or ill-received from one’s audience. Gives the impression that a tumbleweed has passed through the room, as the resultant silence is likened to that of a desolate desert.
  • * 2000 January 21, "Plsntgrn" in alt.music.progressive, "Re: SOAR Budget (A Long Guestimate)" [http://groups.google.com/group/rec.music.progressive/msg/c5bc2926d0712699]:
  • Putting an ad in the local paper that Spock's Beard and Arena are in town will get you a tumbleweed response and some wasted revenue.
  • * 2005 , Trevor Wright, How to Be a Brilliant English Teacher [http://books.google.com/books?id=5V64WA533MoC], ISBN 041533246X, page 68:
  • "Why do families argue?" may only induce the tumbleweed response. (Could you answer that question out of the blue?)

    Derived terms

    * tumbleweed moment