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

Examples of herbaceous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His goal was to capture the entire tuberose—bud to stem—in all of its many facets: herbaceous, milky, fruity, camphorous, green, and citrusy. April Long, Town & Country, "Is Tuberose the Sexiest Fragrance Note?," 13 Sep. 2019 With a little char atop a bed of fragrant lentils and herbaceous green harissa, these carrots make for an impressive plate for any sort of dinner party. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "Carrots, get your 10 savory, earthy, sweet carrot recipes here!," 9 Sep. 2019 While the herbaceous back notes of from the elderflower, keeps your company guessing at the hard-to-place finish. Daniel Wolfe, Quartzy, "The science of slushy drinks and how to make a good one," 9 Aug. 2019 Overall, herbaceous perennials such as grasses are particularly vulnerable to extinction. Commentary, Quartz Africa, "Plants are going extinct up to 350 times faster than the historical norm," 24 Aug. 2019 Instead of adding fruit juice, KTonic uses a single-fermentation approach that embraces herbaceous, almost-savory flavors. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "Forget Keychains, Local Kombucha Is Our Must-Buy Travel Item," 28 Aug. 2019 But one of the things that gives Qi hope is that before Crispr, such screening studies were only possible in a small number of model organisms—plants like rice and maize and an herbaceous mustard relative called Arabidopsis. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Crispr Can Help Solve Our Looming Food Crisis—Here's How," 8 Aug. 2019 Crowd-pleasing and heralded for its dense, dark fruit yet lively, herbaceous profile, Cabernet is a wine that’s as classic as a Sferra tablecloth or Val St. Lambert candlesticks. Sara Mae Albert, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Plan a Casual Chic Dinner Party," 2 Aug. 2019 This Raw Salsa Verde With Cucumber and Mint might be more your taste, with herbaceous, bright flavors and a zing of spice that gets mellowed out by cucumber. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "Tips and recipes to make the most of your cucumbers," 18 July 2019

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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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