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

  • They stopped, for there was a quick, rushing sound amongst the herbage.

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

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • Then the locusts are hatched, and in their first stage are supported upon this herbage.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • Where a few days before was only bare earth, now the herbage stood feet high.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
  • As he expected, the black moved too, but only as shown by the motion of the herbage.

    First in the Field George Manville Fenn
  • 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
  • She still had her apron full of herbage with her, and her pets were taking it by assault.

  • 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
  • She blushed, and looked past him at the Six Hills, covered with spring herbage.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
British Dictionary definitions for herbage


herbaceous plants collectively, esp the edible parts on which cattle, sheep, etc, graze
the vegetation of pasture land; pasturage
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Word Origin and History for herbage

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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