- any herb that is not a grass or grasslike.
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
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- any herbaceous plant that is not a grass
C20: from Greek phorbē food, from pherbein to graze
Word Origin and History for forb
1924, from Greek phorbe "fodder, forage."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A broad-leaved herb (as opposed to a grass), especially one growing in a field, prairie, or meadow.
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