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Borrowed from Latin herbāceus (grassy).

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herbaceous (comparative more herbaceous, superlative most herbaceous)

  1. (botany) Not woody, lacking lignified tissues.
    • 1859, Shirley Hibberd, The Town Garden, page 53:
      [] and it contains a very good selection of shrubs and herbaceous plants, which, having good soil and plentiful drenchings of water from a garden-engine all the summer, thrive to admiration.
  2. (wine) Not woody in flavor.
  3. (dated) Feeding on herbs and soft plants.

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  1. ^ herbaceous”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–present.