Definitions

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

  • adj. Relating to or characteristic of an herb as distinguished from a woody plant.
  • adj. Green and leaflike in appearance or texture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not woody, lacking lignified tissues.
  • adj. Not woody in flavor

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to herbs; having the nature, texture, or characteristics, of an herb

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or of the nature of herbs.
  • Feeding on vegetables; herbivorous.

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

  • adj. characteristic of a nonwoody herb or plant part

Etymologies

From Latin herbāceus, from herba, herb.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin herbāceus ("grassy"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He's coming up to ask me about something he calls a herbaceous border.

    Helena

  • HERBACEOUS: Many wines have a distinctive herbal smell that is generally described as herbaceous.

    The World’s Greatest Wine Estates

  • Most annuals and many biennials are herbaceous, that is their aboveground growth is green, pliable, and tender.

    5. How plants live and grow

  • Then you get off in disgust and shoot yourself, and they bury you in what you proudly called your herbaceous border, and people wonder next year why the delphiniums are so luxuriant -- but you are not there to tell them.

    If I May

  • Trees and shrubs are perennials, of course; in these the stems are woody, but we are considering only those known as herbaceous perennials, having stems of a more or less soft texture that, with the exception of a few evergreen species, die back each fall, new ones appearing the following spring.

    Making a Garden of Perennials

  • No doubt in front of them was some kind of herbaceous border.

    The Jervaise Comedy

  • A monocot is herbaceous, meaning that it is green outside and soft inside, as opposed to woody stems which is hard inside and out and is made mainly of xylem.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • Herbal encyclopedias describe an herb as a small seed-bearing plant with fleshy, not woody parts - hence the term "herbaceous" as in perennial coneflowers with soft, succulent green stems that die back to the ground in winter.

    The Shad Plank

  • If you love these crunchy, thick walled, salty, sour, spicy, herbaceous treats like I do, wait til you see how easy they are to make.

    Meathead Goldwyn: No Fuss Kosher Dill Pickled Green Tomatoes

  • If you love the crunchy, thick walled, salty, sour, spicy, herbaceous treats like I do, wait til you see how easy they are to make.

    Meathead Goldwyn: No Fuss Kosher Dill Pickled Green Tomatoes

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  • Another sunny day, I met you up in the garden
    You were digging plants, I dug you, beg your pardon
    I took a photograph of you in the herbaceous border
    It broke the heart of men and flowers and girls and trees.


    (Another sunny day, by Belle and Sebastian)

    April 28, 2008