adjective Date: 1640 1. a. of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an herb b. of a stem having little or no woody tissue and persisting usually for a single growing season 2. having the texture, color, or appearance of a leaf

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  • Herbaceous — Her*ba ceous, a. [L. herbaceus grassy. See {Herb}.] Of or pertaining to herbs; having the nature, texture, or characteristics, of an herb; as, herbaceous plants; an herbaceous stem. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • herbaceous — 1640s, from L. herbaceus, from herba (see HERB (Cf. herb)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • herbaceous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to herbs (in the botanical sense) …   English terms dictionary

  • herbaceous — [hər bā′shəs, ərbā′shəs] adj. [L herbaceus] 1. of, or having the nature of, an herb or herbs, as distinguished from woody plants 2. like a green leaf in texture, color, shape, etc …   English World dictionary

  • herbaceous — adj. of or like herbs (see HERB 1). Phrases and idioms: herbaceous border a garden border containing esp. perennial flowering plants. herbaceous perennial a plant whose growth dies down annually but whose roots etc. survive. Etymology: L… …   Useful english dictionary

  • herbaceous — nonwoody onwoody adj. not woody; not consisting of or resembling wood; as, nonwoody plants. Opposite of {woody}. [Narrower terms: {herbaceous}; {pulpy, fleshy}] [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • herbaceous — adj. Herbaceous is used with these nouns: ↑plant …   Collocations dictionary

  • herbaceous — her|ba|ceous [həˈbeıʃəs US hə:rˈbeı , ə:r ] adj technical plants that are herbaceous have soft stems rather than hard stems made of wood …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • herbaceous — her|ba|ceous [ ər beıʃəs ] adjective a herbaceous plant has soft leaves that die each winter …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • herbaceous — [[t]hɜː(r)be͟ɪʃəs, AM ɜː(r)b [/t]] ADJ: ADJ n Herbaceous plants have green stems, not hard, woody stems …   English dictionary

  • herbaceous — adjective technical plants that are herbaceous have soft stems rather than wood stems …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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