: an herb other than grass

Examples of forb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Terraces planted with bamboo and native forbs and grasses are bisected by wooden walkways that zigzag between ponds and constructed wetlands. Richard Schiffman, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 Like other quail, gambel’s have short beaks suited for picking seeds, grasses, and forbs. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 28 Mar. 2024 While some are carnivorous, typically targeting worms, snails, and other slugs, others are herbivorous, specializing in fungi and the young shoots of wild forbs, sedges, and other plants. Paul Richards, Field & Stream, 29 Feb. 2024 Dandelion: An top-tier early-season food source, this forb is an elk favorite. Jace Bauserman, Field & Stream, 2 Aug. 2023 Look instead for greenbrier, honeysuckle, plum, laurel, sumac, blackberry, clear-cuts, browse, and forbs in the woods or natural clearings. Jeff Murray, Field & Stream, 8 Nov. 2019 The park meadows are planted with native perennial forbs and grasses selected for the benefit of wildlife. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 3 Oct. 2019 The prescribed fire will reinvigorate grasses, forbs, and shrubs and improve deer and elk habitat. David L. Bernhardt, The Denver Post, 23 Sep. 2019 The appeal argued that site descriptions the agency used, which found the area should be covered mostly by sagebrush, grasses, and forbs, are not scientifically accurate. Jennifer Oldham, National Geographic, 3 Sep. 2019

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Word History


Greek phorbē fodder, food, from pherbein to graze

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forb was in 1924

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“Forb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forb. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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