Origin of forb

1920–25; < Greek phorbḗ food, fodder, derivative of phérbein to feed; akin to Old English beorgan, birgan to taste, eat, Old Norse bergja to taste Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for forb


  1. any herbaceous plant that is not a grass

Word Origin for forb

C20: from Greek phorbē food, from pherbein to graze
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Word Origin and History for forb

1924, from Greek phorbe "fodder, forage."

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forb in Science


  1. A broad-leaved herb (as opposed to a grass), especially one growing in a field, prairie, or meadow.
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