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


of, relating to, or characteristic of an herb; herblike.
(of plants or plant parts)
  1. not woody.
  2. having the texture, color, etc., of an ordinary foliage leaf.

Origin of herbaceous

1640–50; < Latin herbāceus grassy, like grass, equivalent to herb(a) grass, herbs + -āceus -aceous

Related forms

her·ba·ceous·ly, adverbsem·i·her·ba·ceous, adjectiveun·her·ba·ceous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for herbaceous


/ (hɜːˈbeɪʃəs) /


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

Derived Forms

herbaceously, adverb
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Science definitions for herbaceous


[ ûrb ]

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.

Related forms

herbaceous adjective (hûr-bāshəs, ûr-)
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