[hur-bey-shuhs, ur-]
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of an herb; herblike.
not woody.
having the texture, color, etc., of an ordinary foliage leaf.

1640–50; < Latin herbāceus grassy, like grass, equivalent to herb(a) grass, herbs + -āceus -aceous

herbaceously, adverb
semiherbaceous, adjective
unherbaceous, adjective
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herbaceous (hɜːˈbeɪʃəs)
1.  designating or relating to plants or plant parts that are fleshy as opposed to woody: a herbaceous plant
2.  (of petals and sepals) green and leaflike
3.  of or relating to herbs

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herb   (ûrb)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
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.
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