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herbage

[ur-bij, hur-] /ˈɜr bɪdʒ, ˈhɜr-/
noun
1.
nonwoody vegetation.
2.
the succulent parts, leaves and stems, of herbaceous plants.
3.
Law. the right to pasture one's cattle on another's land.
4.
British. vegetation grazed by animals; pasturage.
Origin of herbage
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < French; see herb, -age
Related forms
herbaged, adjective
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  • The grass and herbage is extensively eaten off, and many of the shrubs and young trees eaten or badly mutilated.

  • She still had her apron full of herbage with her, and her pets were taking it by assault.

  • When close up, he sees it to be by a grave upon which the herbage has not yet grown.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • She blushed, and looked past him at the Six Hills, covered with spring herbage.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • Where a few days before was only bare earth, now the herbage stood feet high.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
  • All around was desolation: no spring, no herbage; the bird and the insect were alike mute.

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
  • This body was collected on the very margin of that mass of herbage in which the trapper and his companions were hid.

    The Prairie J. Fenimore Cooper
  • This has been attributed to the abundance of herbage they are then able to obtain.

    The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
  • Sometimes they only use their wings to keep them above the level of the herbage, and to take them along.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • They stopped, for there was a quick, rushing sound amongst the herbage.

    Cormorant Crag George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for herbage

herbage

/ˈhɜːbɪdʒ/
noun
1.
herbaceous plants collectively, esp the edible parts on which cattle, sheep, etc, graze
2.
the vegetation of pasture land; pasturage
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Word Origin and History for herbage
n.

late 14c., "non-woody plants collectively," from Old French erbage or directly from Medieval Latin herbagium; see herb + -age.

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