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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Add the broth or water, garlic, herbs and soy sauce. Kim Severson, The Seattle Times, "The rise and fall of turkey brining — and here’s one chef’s new recipe," 20 Nov. 2018 Add herbs and shrimp to the vinaigrette, stir, then spoon shrimp over the wedges of lettuce. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Baby Iceberg Wedge Salad With Chilled Shrimp, Mint & Green Goddess," 3 July 2018 Go heavy on the garnishes: Slice a bagful of lemons into wheels and wedges and grab a few bunches of fresh herbs. Marian Bull, GQ, "—Peter Meehan, Author Of An Upcoming Barbecue Book And Former Editor Of," 27 June 2018 Using fresh herbs for recipes adds a flavorful advantage when cooking dishes demanding seasonings as key ingredients. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "‘Goat’ herb garden always within convenient kitchen reach," 22 June 2018 These little pockets of spinach and feta were spiked with a beautiful blend of herbs and encased in crackly phyllo dough. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Try one of these top 13 best-reviewed Louisville restaurants of 2018," 15 June 2018 Add ginger, garlic, herbs, onion, and radish, and process until a chunky paste forms. Julia Thiel, Chicago Reader, "Food & Drink / Food Chain Dried scallops the key ingredient in chef C.J. Jacobson's 'Mediterranean XO sauce' [VIDEO]," 16 Apr. 2018 New this year is a class on growing and using herbs. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Landscape school and S. Texas home show coming in March," 9 Feb. 2018 The dining room is its heart and soul: the chef, Michel Benaziz, a veteran of restaurants in Toulouse and St. Martin, gives his French dishes a Caribbean twist using organic herbs from the on-site garden. Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian, "Why Americans Are Suddenly Flocking to This Gorgeous Caribbean Island," 22 Jan. 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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