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herb

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noun, often attributive \ˈərb, US also & British usually ˈhərb\

Simple Definition of herb

  • : a plant or a part of a plant that is used as medicine or to give flavor to food

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of herb

  1. 1 :  a seed-producing annual, biennial, or perennial that does not develop persistent woody tissue but dies down at the end of a growing season

  2. 2 :  a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities

  3. 3 slang :  marijuana 2

herblike play \ˈ(h)ərb-ˌlīk\ adjective
herby play \ˈ(h)ər-bē\ adjective

Examples of herb in a sentence

  1. a dish seasoned with chopped fresh herbs

  2. rosemary, sage, and other herbs



Origin of herb

Middle English herbe, from Anglo-French, from Latin herba


First Known Use: 14th century

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Rhymes with herb


HERB Defined for Kids

herb

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noun \ˈərb, ˈhərb\

Definition of herb for Students

  1. 1 :  a plant with soft stems that die down at the end of the growing season

  2. 2 :  a plant or plant part used in medicine or in seasoning foods




Medical Dictionary

noun , often attributive \ˈ(h)ərb\

Medical Definition of herb

  1. 1:  a seed plant that does not develop persistent woody tissue but dies down at the end of a growing season

  2. 2:  a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities




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