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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Herbaceous plant growth, especially grass or similar vegetation used for pasturage.
  • n. The fleshy, often edible parts of plants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Herbs collectively.
  • n. Herbaceous plant growth, especially grass.
  • n. The fleshy, often edible, parts of plants.
  • n. The natural pasture of a land, considered as distinct from the land itself; hence, right of pasture (on another man's land).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Herbs collectively; green food beasts; grass; pasture.
  • n. The liberty or right of pasture in the forest or in the grounds of another man.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Herbaceous growth in general; vegetation; hence, pasturage; pasture-plants, as grass and clover.
  • n. In English law, the liberty or right of pasture in the forest or grounds of another man.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. succulent herbaceous vegetation of pasture land

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French erbage, from erbe; see herb.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French herbage and Old French erbage, from Medieval Latin herbaticum, from Latin herba ("grass"). (Wiktionary)

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