[ur-bij, hur-]


nonwoody vegetation.
the succulent parts, leaves and stems, of herbaceous plants.
Law. the right to pasture one's cattle on another's land.
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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Historical Examples of herbage

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


    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.


    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



herbaceous plants collectively, esp the edible parts on which cattle, sheep, etc, graze
the vegetation of pasture land; pasturage
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Word Origin and History for herbage

late 14c., "non-woody plants collectively," from Old French erbage or directly from Medieval Latin herbagium; see herb + -age.

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