noun, often attributive
\ ˈərb How to pronounce herb (audio) , US also and British usually ˈhərb \

Definition of herb

1 botany : 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 : a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities planted parsley, basil, and rosemary in her herb garden
3 slang : marijuana sense 2

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Other Words from herb

herblike \ ˈ(h)ərb-​ˌlīk How to pronounce herb (audio) \ adjective
herby \ ˈ(h)ər-​bē How to pronounce herb (audio) \ adjective

Examples of herb in a Sentence

a dish seasoned with chopped fresh herbs rosemary, sage, and other herbs
Recent Examples on the Web Cabrera is also growing Super Blue, Folgate and several other varieties of the fragrant flowering herb, known for its calming effects. BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2021 Use this to make Salty Sweet Corn Ice Cream Sandwiches, or make Grilled Peach Cobbler With Sage Sweet Corn Ice Cream, and taste how the addition of a single herb elevates everything. Washington Post, 14 June 2021 The herb was particularly effective for people with diabetes who aim to improve heart disease risk factors. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, 9 June 2021 This eye-catching herb has vibrant scarlet blooms and yellow-green foliage. Caroline Rogers, Southern Living, 29 Apr. 2021 And instead of using it in the kitchen, this herb is for your feline friends. Karen Wytmans, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Mar. 2021 This useful culinary herb makes a bit of pruning worthwhile. oregonlive, 2 Mar. 2021 This basic herb formula can be prepared in a multitude of variations. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 18 Nov. 2020 The turkey breast comes marinated and prepared for roasting; the herb stuffing is oven-ready. Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of herb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for herb

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

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“Herb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herb. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of herb

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


\ ˈərb How to pronounce herb (audio) , ˈhərb \

Kids Definition of herb

1 : a plant with soft stems that die down at the end of the growing season
2 : a plant or plant part used in medicine or in seasoning foods


noun, often attributive
\ ˈ(h)ərb How to pronounce herb (audio) \

Medical Definition of herb

1 : a seed plant that does not develop persistent woody tissue but dies down at the end of a growing season
2 : a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities


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