noun Etymology: Greek phorbē fodder, food, from pherbein to graze Date: 1924 an herb other than grass

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  • Forb — Forbs are herbaceous flowering plants that are not graminoids (grasses, sedges and rushes). The term is frequently used in vegetation ecology, especially in relation to grasslands. Forbs represent a guild of plant species with broadly similar… …   Wikipedia

  • forb — /fawrb/, n. any herb that is not a grass or grasslike. [1920 25; < Gk phorbé food, fodder, deriv. of phérbein to feed; akin to OE beorgan, birgan to taste, eat, ON bergja to taste] * * * …   Universalium

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  • forb — [fɔ:b] noun Botany a herbaceous flowering plant other than a grass. Origin 1920s: from Gk phorbē fodder …   English new terms dictionary

  • FORB — abbr. FORTRESS BANCSHARES INC NASDAQ …   Dictionary of abbreviations

  • forb — [[t]fɔrb[/t]] n. bot any herbaceous plant that is not a grass or not grasslike • Etymology: 1920–25; < Gk phorbḗ food, fodder, der. of phérbein to feed …   From formal English to slang

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