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[hur-bey-shuh s, ur-] /hɜrˈbeɪ ʃəs, ɜr-/

of, relating to, or characteristic of an herb; herblike.

designating or relating to plants or plant parts that are fleshy as opposed to woody: a herbaceous plant
(of petals and sepals) green and leaflike
of or relating to herbs

1640s, from Latin herbaceus, from herba (see herb).
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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