herb

noun, often attributive
\ˈərb, 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 \ adjective
herby \ˈ(h)ər-bē \ adjective

Examples of herb in a Sentence

a dish seasoned with chopped fresh herbs rosemary, sage, and other herbs

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The Epsom salts encourage the absorption of the herb by your skin for a full-body experience. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "Overstressed? 15 wellness trends to help you relax," 3 July 2018 In a mini blender combine 1 cup of 100% tomato juice, half of a medium fresh zucchini, 1 tablespoon of juice from all natural jarred olives, ⅛ teaspoon Italian herb seasoning, 1/16 teaspoon ground black pepper, and 1/16 teaspoon crushed red pepper. Health.com, "6 Mocktail Recipes That Make Happy Hour Way Healthier," 12 July 2018 Items include: Executioner's Chop: Mixed greens, forbidden rice, pepperoncini, garbanzo beans, soppressata, chevre, sweet herb vinaigrette, Parmigiano. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Alice in Wonderland-themed bar Hatter and Hare now open in Phoenix," 12 July 2018 Bay leaves, fresh herb leaves, citrus peel, grapes (particularly with Gin Mare), strawberries, cucumber ribbons, whole spices — all create a delightful aroma in the glass. Lisa Futterman, chicagotribune.com, "No mere gin and tonic: Spanish craze employs fruits and herbs to pause summer," 11 July 2018 On a recent day, one huge steer languished in the ranch’s infirmary with an herb pack applied to an aching knee. Oliver Griffin, WSJ, "Like Your Steak Aged 36 Months? Try 17 Years," 10 July 2018 When cold, remove herbs and squeeze dry in paper or cloth towels. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Baby Iceberg Wedge Salad With Chilled Shrimp, Mint & Green Goddess," 3 July 2018 For the July 8 version, free DIY herb gardening is listed as one of the activities. Emily Bloch, Sun-Sentinel.com, "New free Sunday market in Margate," 3 July 2018 The luminous snapper laid down a neutral protein base for a cioppino that painted an intriguing line between broth and marinara with herbs, garlic and acidity ladled over shrimp, scallops, mussels and clams. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Reborn Rebelle now San Antonio’s finest seafood restaurant," 14 June 2018

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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

noun

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

herb

noun
\ˈərb, 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

herb

noun, often attributive
\ˈ(h)ərb \

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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