Definition of herbage in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Herbaceous vegetation.

    ‘after rain, tall herbage invariably collapses on to the paths’
    • ‘The date of the garden is established by documentary records, which describe gardens, fruit and herbage at the castle by the 1330s.’
    • ‘The course was in splendid order, the track having been ploughed and harrowed since last meeting, and when the herbage on it has had time to set racing experts pronounce there will not be a finer or safer course in Ireland.’
    • ‘Blinman had become ‘the garden of the north’ with valleys and hills covered with splendid herbage.’
    • ‘He slowly followed the road away from the town, past the olives, under which purple anemones were drooping in the chill of dawn, and rich-green herbage was pressing thick.’
    • ‘While the fish sizzled, Wolf and Adriana gathered weeds to make beds for themselves and Lucius, and spread their cloaks over the tangled herbage.’
    • ‘The density of building in the old city, too, precluded herbage.’
    • ‘They herded the beasts on to roadside verges and made the most of whatever herbage grew there.’
    • ‘The strips of green herbage and forest-land, which have here and there escaped the burning lavas, serve, by contrast, to heighten the desolation of the scene.’
    • ‘Sedge warblers advertise their presence by a chattering and varied song, but are often invisible due to the dense herbage they haunt.’
    • ‘In the steady retirement climate, almost any herbage can be trained up a wall to obscure a building.’
    • ‘The fledgling crouched in the center of the strange clearing, on the scruffy herbage that grew amid the dirt and stones.’
    • ‘In the meantime there is the best germination of winter herbage that I have seen for the last 20 years.’
    • ‘He manages to arrest his fall by grabbing ‘the last outlying knot of starved herbage ere the rock appeared in all its bareness’.’
    • ‘You can use almost any herbage and leaves in it; wet and turn with a fork regularly.’
    • ‘Five of the 14 orders deal with levies that were voted upon themselves by growers of commodities such as passion fruit, wheat grain, milk solids, satsuma mandarins, and herbage seeds.’
    • ‘This side of the city was green with small trees, herbage, and bushes.’
    • ‘That herbage was found in most deserts in this part of the galaxy, and was known to some people as the Esirinus cactus.’
    shrubbery, vegetation, greenery, ground cover, underwood, copsewood, brushwood, brush, scrub, underscrub, cover, covert, thicket, copse, coppice, wood, jungle
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    1. 1.1The succulent part of herbaceous vegetation, used as pasture.
      ‘the herbage of this area produces the milk necessary to make a fine cheese’
      • ‘Below-normal precipitation in 2002 and the resulting shift in available water and herbage has created some concern among conservationists for migrators such as Sandhill cranes.’
      • ‘The more pronounced flavour comes from this maturity and from grazing the wild herbage of the open fells.’
      • ‘Last summer, under a cooperative research and development agreement with industry, a group of machines was used in the first fieldside demonstration of wet fractionation of soybean herbage.’
      • ‘As previously discussed, consumption in April was primarily of vegetative, high moisture herbage, and in May and June, consumed material was of greater maturity and less moisture.’
      • ‘White clover is an important herbage legume in low input sustainable pastures in temperate regions of the world.’
      • ‘Therefore, based on forage availability, the performance of heifers grazing pastures on the corn treatment would not have been limited because of standing herbage mass.’
      • ‘Since it's eating natural herbage and is well exercised, it just tastes better.’
      • ‘Differences between the cultivars in leaf number, leaf area and petiole length were insignificant and this was reflected in the similar herbage yields measured at the time of defoliation.’
      • ‘The herbage was allowed to wilt for approximately 48 hours and was then chopped with a forage harvester and conserved.’
      • ‘At the sites used in the present experiment, herbage allowance was in excess of 2000 kg/ha.’
      • ‘Standing herbage mass in the pastures was estimated by measuring the forage height with a rising-plate meter in 25 places along evenly spaced, predetermined paced transects.’
      • ‘Crude protein levels range from 15 to 25 percent in the herbage and 8 to 15 percent in the roots, depending on nitrogen fertilization rate and weather conditions.’
      • ‘Initial and final herbage mass did not differ among grass species.’
      • ‘Rains fell in March 1936 and Ted thought it safe to travel as there would be herbage for his camels.’
      • ‘The digestive system of grass and herbage-eating animals includes a large organ next to the secum, the vermiform appendix, in which cellulose is digested.’
      • ‘Modern pastures are deficient in many varieties of essential herbage.’
      • ‘Evolution of large size was a prerequisite for the exploitation of leaves because of the need for a longer residence time in the gut for bacterial fermentation to obtain sufficient nutrients from foliage and herbage.’
      • ‘Near Wauchop Creek they lost 900 sheep who had eaten poisonous herbage.’
      • ‘Early spring emergence and rapid growth, high palatability and herbage production make the grasslands ideal for grazing and forage production.’
    2. 1.2historical The right of pasture on another person's land.
      ‘the warden of Windsor Forest was granted as part of his farm the herbage of the whole forest’
      • ‘There is evidence, no doubt, in this case of a long-continued practice of letting herbage on the road for the pasturage, not of sheep exclusively, but also of a limited number of horses and cattle.’
      • ‘The Corporation made a most liberal offer, perhaps thought too generous, seeing that the real ownership of the soil of the Strays rested with them, and the Freemen's rights only extended to the herbage or pasturage.’
      • ‘Henry Cornish for farm of a parcel of herbage at the rear of St. John's.’


Late Middle English: from Old French erbage, based on Latin herba herb, grass, crops.