Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun succulent herbaceous vegetation of pasture land

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French erbage, from erbe; see herb.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French herbage and Old French erbage, from Medieval Latin herbaticum, from Latin herba ("grass").

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