her·​ba·​ceous | \ ˌ(h)ər-ˈbā-shəs How to pronounce herbaceous (audio) \

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 smoky herbaceous tomato sauce with octopus stew ($17) speaks of the sea and a rugged terrain. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Welcome to La Ciccia’s warm embrace in Noe Valley," 20 Feb. 2018 One menu standby — and its best — is its Northern Italian Maltagliati pasta with braised rabbit meat and carrots, herbaceous and brimming with a rich white-wine-and-butter sauce. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "The best dinner-for-two deal in Seattle: a bottle of wine and 2 pasta entrees for $35," 18 Sep. 2018 The popular pork-and-fennel and the pork-and-chive dumplings are meaty with a bright, herbaceous note. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "One of Seattle’s best dumpling restaurants comes to Bellevue," 16 July 2018 These ranged from fungi and lichens, through herbaceous and woody plants to nematodes, insects, bats and passerine birds. John Healey, John Halley And Kalliopi Stara, Smithsonian, "Sacred Sites Can Also Be Hotspots of Conservation," 17 May 2018 Watch for drinks like the deceptively simple Ruby Thief, an herbaceous blend of American gin, Chartreuse, and apple juice, or the spritz-like Air Swizzle #23, a blend of Cocchi Americano and Luxardo Bitter. Antonio Basada, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Bars in Chicago," 1 Mar. 2018 Purslane’s herbaceous flavor is peppery, with notes of lemon and cucumber. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Purslane may be growing in your lawn; for better health, put it in your diet," 10 July 2018 The soup is notably holistic, as if refusing to take sides, neither frankly carnal nor purely herbaceous but somewhere more intriguingly in between. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Ho Foods, a Noodle Soup That Nourishes and Transports," 19 Apr. 2018 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

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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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