American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Herbaceous plant growth, especially grass or similar vegetation used for pasturage.
- n. The fleshy, often edible parts of plants.
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.
- n. Herbs collectively.
- n. Herbaceous plant growth, especially grass.
- n. The fleshy, often edible, parts of plants.
- n. law The natural pasture of a land, considered as distinct from the land itself; hence, right of pasture (on another man's land).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Herbs collectively; green food beasts; grass; pasture.
- n. (Law.) The liberty or right of pasture in the forest or in the grounds of another man.
- n. succulent herbaceous vegetation of pasture land
- From Middle French herbage and Old French erbage, from Medieval Latin herbaticum, from Latin herba ("grass"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French erbage, from erbe; see herb. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Hardly had the peahen done speaking, when the antelope came up to them, thinking to shelter him under the shade of the tree; and, sighting the peahen and the duck, saluted them and said, ‘I came to this island to-day and I have seen none richer in herbage nor pleasanter for habitation.”
“For their food they prefer nuts to herbage, which is natural enough in a region where the latter is scanty and the former exists in plenty; and in eating they "squat" upright on their haunches, and convey the food to their mouth after the manner of squirrels.”
“The Touaricks of Aheer, though not cruel masters, feed their slaves mostly on herbage, which is picked up _en route_.”
“And as he walked behind his cattle, they said to him, "Good is the herbage which is in that place;" and he listened to all that they said, and he took them to the good place which they desired.”
“Often a season of unusual drought, reducing the existing herbage which is scarcely adequate at best, gives rise to those irregular, temporary expansions which enlarge the geographical horizon of the horde, and eventuate in widespread conquest.”
“The students were preparing and cooking various dishes, but the one that interested me was the _Leipziger Allerlei_, because I compared it with the "herbage" an English plain cook throws into water and sends up half drained, half cold, and often enough half clean.”
“And as he walked behind his cattle, they said to him, “Good is the herbage which is in that place”; and he listened to all that they said, and he took them to the good place which they desired.”
“The surface of the poultry-yard (fig. 13.) should be level; and about one half of it should be laid down with gravel, but the lower part, near the pond, should be grass, as, unless there is some kind of herbage, there will be neither insects nor snails, and poultry require some animal food to keep them in health.”
“When the island of Madeira is first approached from the sea, it has a very beautiful appearance; the sides of the hills being entirely covered with vines almost as high as the eye can distinguish; and the vines are green when every kind of herbage, except where they shade the ground, and here and there by the sides of a rill, is entirely burnt up, which was the case at this time.”
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“Quite a different kind of herbage, and you know that it is a matter upon which we must take a woman's word. ”
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