herbarium


her·bar·i·um

noun \ˌ(h)ər-ˈber-ē-əm\
plural -ia \-ē-ə\

Definition of HERBARIUM

1
:  a collection of dried plant specimens usually mounted and systematically arranged for reference
2
:  a place that houses an herbarium

First Known Use of HERBARIUM

1776

herbarium

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Collection of dried plant specimens mounted on sheets of paper, identified by experts and labeled by their proper scientific names, together with other information (where they were collected, how they grew, etc.). These specimens are filed in cases according to families and genera, available for ready reference. Like botanical gardens and arboretums, herbaria are the “dictionaries” of the plant kingdom, the reference specimens essential to the proper naming of unknown plants.

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