herbal

noun
herb·​al | \ ˈ(h)ər-bəl How to pronounce herbal (audio) \

Definition of herbal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a book about plants especially with reference to their medicinal properties
2 archaic : herbarium sense 1

herbal

adjective

Definition of herbal (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, utilizing, or made of herbs

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While many people have turned to herbals like gingko, St. John's Wort, and black cohash, Shen says these haven't been proven to be effective. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "How Long Does Menopause Last?," 6 Sep. 2018 If the traditional glass of warm milk is not your cup of tea, head for the herbals. Karen Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "Trouble sleeping? Let your senses be your guide," 12 July 2018 There’s no data at all that suggests that any herbals, any supplements, will treat influenza or modify the course of the disease. Andy Marso, kansascity, "What’s a parent to do about this record-setting flu? Here’s what you should know," 28 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This wine is extravagantly herbal, with pronounced minerality and a winning texture. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "20 Wines Under $20: Plenty of Variety and Not One Chardonnay," 17 May 2018 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 The Figgin Fizz is pleasantly sweet and herbal, made with citrus rosemary syrup, seltzer, New Liberty Powderhorn Rye Vodka and AITA fig cordial. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "Old City has a secret cocktail bar. It's in the back of the Art in the Age boutique," 14 Mar. 2018 If drinking plain or bubbly water leaves you cold this time of year, try a hot beverage such as herbal tea. Ellie Krieger, The Seattle Times, "How to fight dry winter skin from the inside out," 5 Feb. 2019 Although produced from natural components, many herbal supplements contain impurities, are extremely variable from batch to batch, and can have extremely harmful effects. Henry I. Miller, WSJ, "Get Real With $6-a-Gallon ‘Raw Water’," 13 Sep. 2018 Generally speaking, there is a paucity of research that herbal breastfeeding supplements actually work. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "Inside the mommy-friendly, scientifically sketchy world of breastfeeding supplements," 20 Dec. 2018 The Vulgar Man gives Too Much Information about his herbal colonic at the dinner table. A.e. Stallings, WSJ, "‘Characters’ Review: You Know the Types," 7 Dec. 2018 This cab franc is nicely balanced, with plenty of dark fruit flavors without an emphasis on natural herbal qualities. Andy Perdue, The Seattle Times, "DeLille Cellars’ 2015 Harrison Hill is Andy Perdue’s Wine of the Year," 26 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of herbal

Noun

1516, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1612, in the meaning defined above

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herbal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of herbal

: made of or relating to herbs

herbal

noun
herb·​al | \ ˈ(h)ər-bəl How to pronounce herbal (audio) \

Medical Definition of herbal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a book about plants especially with reference to their medical properties

herbal

adjective

Medical Definition of herbal (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or made of herbs

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