herb

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

Examples of herb in a Sentence

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

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The herb is known for increasing circulation and strengthening the body's immune system, and it's often featured in meals, drinks, and herbal remedies. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why You’re Seeing Ginseng in So Many Korean Skin-Care Products Right Now," 8 Mar. 2019 Soften the edge with fresh greenery, like a windowsill herb garden. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Your Style," 11 Feb. 2019 The upper floors of the building have wide verandas, the lower level leads out onto a fragrant herb garden, and rim-flow pool and terrace for sunbathing and al fresco dining. Jane Broughton, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Hotels in Cape Town," 14 Sep. 2018 The pathways that trellised the fragrant herb garden outside the chatelaine’s bedroom and in the far-flung potager were made from bricks imported by the British, who used them as ballast for their ships. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside Tory Burch’s Lovingly Restored Antigua Getaway," 15 Aug. 2018 Guests will walk through the backdoor herb garden on their way to tour the backyard property which includes four barns and sheds, a privy, a smokehouse, kitchen garden, grape arbor and apple and maple trees. Courant Community, "Community News For The Glastonbury Edition," 10 July 2018 Soon there will be a clothing boutique, an urban farm and herb garden tended by schoolchildren, and a meditation area with a reflecting pool. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "An Outdoor Outpost of Tulum, in Hudson Square," 3 July 2018 Adjacent are vegetable and herb gardens, an organic orchard and an outdoor dining area. Neal J. Leitereg, Jack Flemming And Lauren Beale, sacbee, "Hot Property: $68 million farmhouse mansion sells | The Sacramento Bee," 21 May 2018 The arboretum features a rose garden, tropical greenhouse, herb garden, a large lake, aquatic garden, and exotic plant collections from far-off places like Australia, Africa, and Madagascar. Hadley Meares, Los Angeles Magazine, "10 Historic L.A. Places to Visit on a Sunny Day," 14 May 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 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

herb

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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