herbage

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French herbage and Old French erbage, from Medieval Latin herbaticum, from Latin herba (grass); alternatively, herb +‎ -age.

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Noun[edit]

herbage (usually uncountable, plural herbages)

  1. Herbs collectively.
  2. Herbaceous plant growth, especially grass.
    • 1841, Edgar Allan Poe, ‘A Descent into the Maelström’:
      I threw myself upon my face, and clung to the scant herbage in an excess of nervous agitation.
    • 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska 2005, p. 97:
      The dank breath of herbage, sodden with rain, came to her; the mists were barely visible, hovering above the dark ravines.
  3. The fleshy, often edible, parts of plants.
  4. (law) The natural pasture of a land, considered as distinct from the land itself; hence, right of pasture (on another man's land).

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Noun[edit]

herbage m (plural herbages)

  1. pasture

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