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 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

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Origin and Etymology of herb

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

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HERB Defined for English Language Learners

herb

noun

Definition of herb for English Language Learners

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


HERB Defined for Kids

herb

noun \ ˈərb , ˈhərb \

Definition of herb for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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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