1. nonwoody vegetation.
  2. the succulent parts, leaves and stems, of herbaceous plants.
  3. Law. the right to pasture one’s cattle on another’s land.
  4. British. vegetation grazed by animals; pasturage.


  1. herbaceous plants collectively, esp the edible parts on which cattle, sheep, etc, graze
  2. the vegetation of pasture land; pasturage

late 14c., “non-woody plants collectively,” from Old French erbage or directly from Medieval Latin herbagium; see herb + -age.

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