Definition of forb in English:

forb

noun

Botany
  • A herbaceous flowering plant other than a grass.

    • ‘Species were classified according to their growth form; forbs include all herbaceous dicotyledonous species (including Fabaceae).’
    • ‘Fire exclusion has diminished natural pine reproduction as more fire-sensitive hardwoods, vines, briars, and forbs invade the understory.’
    • ‘They also eat leaves, shoots, roots, tubers, and seeds of most grasses and forbs, or broadleafed flowering plants.’
    • ‘All of the foraging studies were limited to two classes of vegetation, grass and forbs.’
    • ‘Increases in annual or perennial forbs did not occur, contrary to prior studies of disturbances created by pocket gophers and other disturbance agents elsewhere.’

Origin

1920s: from Greek phorbē fodder from phorbein to feed.

Pronunciation:

forb

/fôrb/