her·ba·ceous | \ ˌ(h)ər-ˈbā-shəs \

Definition of herbaceous 

1a : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an herb

b of a stem : having little or no woody tissue and persisting usually for a single growing season

2 : having the texture, color, or appearance of a leaf

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The tagliatelle Bolognese were rich and savory; the linguini with pesto, bright and herbaceous. Michele Parente, sandiegouniontribune.com, "3 new restaurants to try in San Diego right now: Monzù, j/wata, An's Dry Cleaning," 5 July 2018 The herbaceous foliage of this late bloomer stays nice all summer. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Gorgeous Peonies," 9 Mar. 2017 Since 2012, scientists have been testing the idea of genetics as responsible for the enjoyment of the herbaceous add-in. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "A genetic test can determine if you will hate cilantro," 25 June 2018 This green goddess tuna salad sandwich recipe is a revelation, bringing bright herbaceous flavors to an otherwise one-note meal. The Healthyish Team, Bon Appetit, "Healthy 4th of July Recipes to Eat Outdoors (With Lots of SPF On)," 13 June 2018 To my surprise, the Cel-Rey soda was sweet and herbaceous, with the slightest hint of green veggie flavor. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Pastrami time: 5 things to know about Broadway Deli's ‘mostly Jewish’ specialties," 8 June 2018 The planks of zucchini on one plate did not taste of water and air like most squash, but were grassy and herbaceous, floating above the bright and spicy acidity of Calabrian chiles and creamy funk of Gran Mugello cheese ($11). Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Daisies in Logan Square makes the case for dad food," 3 Aug. 2017 In general, rabbits eat herbaceous plants in spring and summer and damage woody plants in fall and winter. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Rabbits feasting on your garden? Wire fencing is your friend," 15 June 2018 The fragrance also has notes of calming Peru balsam, which is a sweet resin that the brand says adds depth to the otherwise fresh and herbaceous ingredients. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Mugler’s New Perfume Was Inspired by Gardens and Monks," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of herbaceous

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of herbaceous

: relating to herbs

: relating to a type of plant that has a soft stem

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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