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 Rich with ripe peaches and star fruit, slightly herbaceous and a tad off-dry, the bubbly is great on its own or as a base for a mimosa or bellini. Washington Post, "The top 12 wine bargains of 2020 include an outstanding boxed malbec for the equivalent of $5 a bottle," 23 Dec. 2020 Damaged growth on herbaceous or nonwoody plants such as cannas, elephant ears, birds-of-paradise, begonias, impatiens, philodendron and gingers, can be pruned back to living tissue. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Dan Gill's mailbox: Go easy on the pruning for tropicals showing freeze damage," 22 Dec. 2020 Distinctive flavors Our dinner began with a little warm-up — an amuse-bouche that was a tiny cup of herbaceous soup with flavors of curry and lemongrass. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: At Jeune et Jolie, the new and unexpected emerges," 29 Nov. 2020 Crisp on the outside, almost creamy on the inside, the savory, herbaceous dense stuffing contrasted with the sweet, buttermilky tang and fluffiness of the waffle had me at the first bite. Los Angeles Times, "Turn your leftover Thanksgiving stuffing into waffles. And put an egg on it," 19 Nov. 2020 Itoh peonies, developed in the 70s and 80s, are a hybrid of herbaceous and tree peonies. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, "How To Care for Peonies," 18 June 2020 Yes, the herbaceous borders and fernery are outstanding in their own right. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Listen, 2020 is the worst. Here's where to enjoy some trees (and other nature) in Louisville," 6 June 2016 The creation of perfumer Frank Voelkl, Roses on Ice opens with a burst of cucumber and juniper notes that create an icy, herbaceous freshness before giving way to a voluptuous rose centifolia and a soft finish of sandalwood and musk. April Long, Town & Country, "Are These The Ultimate Holiday Party Fragrances?," 27 Oct. 2020 Testers loved its unique herbaceous scent and skin-softening results. Lynn Redmile, Good Housekeeping, "Good Housekeeping's 2020 Sustainable Innovation Awards," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of herbaceous

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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31 Dec 2020

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“Herbaceous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herbaceous. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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