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herbage

[ur-bij, hur-]
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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; Middle English < French; see herb, -age
Related formsher·baged, adjective
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Examples from the Web for herbage

Historical Examples

  • The spring which feeds it is yonder in that big tuft of herbage.

    Fruitfulness

    Emile Zola

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

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

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • All around was desolation: no spring, no herbage; the bird and the insect were alike mute.

    Alroy

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • This has been attributed to the abundance of herbage they are then able to obtain.

    The Physical Life of Woman:

    Dr. George H Napheys


British Dictionary definitions for herbage

herbage

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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