- From Ancient Greek φορβη (phorbe, "food"), from φορβειν (phorbein, "graze") (Wiktionary)
- From Greek phorbē, fodder, from pherbein, to graze. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For example, not everyone knows that a "forb" is a wildflower.”
“Placement of high densities of ungulates on a grassland clearly removes poaceae and other forb biomass at a rapid rate.”
“In the tall-grass prairie of Iowa, for example, typical grasses are big bluestem and little bluestem; a typical forb is black-eyed Susan.”
“While sand sagebrush and prairie grasses such as sand dropseed, sand bluestem, and big sandreed may create a continuous plant cover in portions of Ecoregion 25j, the shrub and forb cover may be sparse in dune areas.”
“Today Douglas-fir and ponderosa pine are common, along with lodgepole pine and some aspen parkland with a sagebrush and forb understory.”
“This class of European grasslands often include considerable hectarage that have been partially cultivated by humans, are which are, in fact, effective refugia for grass and forb taxa that might otherwise have become extinct.”
“I would suggest that any tall forb that enjoys the prairie life style would be a natural for your fans.”
“I don't know the name of this flower - looks like a forb - or species of fly visiting this tall wild flower I found in an open-field in Groningen, the Netherlands.”
“Meadows are dominated by the sedge (Kobresia pygmaea) in association with many dicotyledenous forb species, most of which belong to genera common throughout the Himalayan alpine region.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘forb’.
Ever play "Words With Friends" with someone and they throw down some strange, unlikely group of letters that makes even the most mild and squeaky clean tongued person say "whiskey tango foxtrot"? ...
words that evoke magic, mystery, mayhem, magnificence or anything else that glimmers in the grass
but now they're not because I looked them up. In cases of polysemy or homography, *of course* it was the oddest meaning that stumped me. ;)
Words for things both tangible and nonanthropic
Perhaps by means of animal communication.
Looking for tweets for forb.