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
He's coming up to ask me about something he calls a herbaceous border.
HERBACEOUS: Many wines have a distinctive herbal smell that is generally described as herbaceous.
Most annuals and many biennials are herbaceous, that is their aboveground growth is green, pliable, and tender.
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.
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.
No doubt in front of them was some kind of herbaceous border.
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.
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.
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.
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.