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[hur-bey-shuh s, ur-] /hɜrˈbeɪ ʃəs, ɜr-/
of, relating to, or characteristic of an herb; herblike.
  1. not woody.
  2. having the texture, color, etc., of an ordinary foliage leaf.
Origin of herbaceous
1640-50; < Latin herbāceus grassy, like grass, equivalent to herb(a) grass, herbs + -āceus -aceous
Related forms
herbaceously, adverb
semiherbaceous, adjective
unherbaceous, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for herbaceous
  • Vegetables are the edible parts of herbaceous plants.
  • The soft pink blossoms of an herbaceous peony contrast with the towering spikes of foxgloves.
  • Many herbaceous perennials from colder regions fail here because the winters are too warm for them to go dormant.
  • Banana-leaf packets keep slow-cooked short ribs moist and also lend a gentle herbaceous flavor to their contents.
  • The trimmed marigold tastes much milder than the flower smells, of a lush tropical garden, herbaceous and pleasantly bitter.
  • herbaceous plants don't fossilize well so there's wiggle room there.
  • Every few years, you will find that large clumps of some herbaceous perennials start to falter and their flowering becomes poor.
  • The ambient smell of brine and garlic fades, supplanted by a subtler, more herbaceous aroma.
  • Students will understand the difference between a tree, a shrub, and a herbaceous plant.
  • Most plants grown as perennials or annuals are herbaceous.
British Dictionary definitions for herbaceous


designating or relating to plants or plant parts that are fleshy as opposed to woody: a herbaceous plant
(of petals and sepals) green and leaflike
of or relating to herbs
Derived Forms
herbaceously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for herbaceous

1640s, from Latin herbaceus, from herba (see herb).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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herbaceous in Science
A flowering plant whose stem does not produce woody tissue and generally dies back at the end of each growing season. Both grasses and forbs are herbs.

herbaceous adjective (hûr-bā'shəs, ûr-)
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