herbal

1 of 2

noun

herb·​al ˈ(h)ər-bəl How to pronounce herbal (audio)
1
: a book about plants especially with reference to their medicinal properties
2
archaic : herbarium sense 1
3
: herbal medicine sense 2
Some herbals may indeed be gentle remedies. But using them with prescription drugs can be a dangerous mix.Josh Fischman

herbal

2 of 2

adjective

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

Examples of herbal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
There is a wide range in taste from one extra-virgin olive oil to another, from herbal and fruity to bitter and peppery, depending on the olives harvested. Micah A Leal, Southern Living, 12 July 2023 To offset the heat, there are flaky roti and thick wedges of buttered white toast, plus cold bottles of Indian beer and mango lassis, which become a dessert called Mastani with the addition of vanilla ice cream, nuts, and bright-green, herbal-tasting khus syrup, made from vetiver grass. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 20 Jan. 2023 The cliche is that cider is sickly sweet and with a high alcohol level — but Scion’s selection includes draft ciders that range from 4 to 12% ABV, and the flavor profiles range from extremely dry and tannic to tart to herbal to sweet. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Jan. 2023 There are so many possibilities for their daily cup of tea with this sampler of nine varieties, including black, green, white, and herbal. Samantha Lawyer, Woman's Day, 3 Jan. 2023 Its user-friendly design includes pre-programmed temperature settings for different types of tea, including oolong, green, black/herbal, and white, as well as a general boil setting. Adria Greenhauff, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Nov. 2022 Luckily for tea lovers, these tea advent calendars are decked out with black, green, herbal and tons of other teas and blends from your favorite brands such as Pukka, DAVIDsTea and more. Katarina Avendaño, Good Housekeeping, 27 Sep. 2022 Well structured, round with dense yellow fruit, a little waxy and herbal. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 3 June 2022 From sweet to savory to spicy to herbal, this spread hits an impressive number of notes. Gabriela Aoun, Outside Online, 10 Nov. 2020
Adjective
Increase your consumption of herbal teas like spearmint, chamomile, and raspberry leaf tea. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 4 Apr. 2024 Andrew Price’s review found Nerve Control 911 uses a combination of herbal compounds in the formula which helps consumers to improve muscle function by targeting the root cause of neuropathy; inflammatory nerve poisoning. Andrew Price, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Green Goddess Cocktail This green dream of a cocktail uses cucumber, jalapeño, mint and arugula to achieve its vibrant hue and refreshing, herbal flavor. Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2024 The artist developed teas and treatment oils for the hotel from her herbal mixtures. Gisela Williams Marina O’Loughlin Roxanne Fequiere Camille Sojit Pejcha Gisela Williams, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 Herbal Tea Ritual: Enjoy a cup of caffeine-free herbal tea, such as chamomile or lavender, to promote relaxation and create a soothing bedtime ritual. Maryal Miller Carter, USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2024 The fat from using both olive oil and butter really helps lock in fresh herbal flavor to every bite. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Feb. 2024 In subgroup analyses, the researchers did not find a causal relationship between bone density and specific teas themselves, including green tea and herbal tea. Lauren Manaker Ms, Rdn, Ld, Verywell Health, 22 Mar. 2024 The Irish whiskey meets you up front, its light caramel sweetness amplified by the Chartreuse, while the mid-palate goes deep with vermouth’s red fruit before handing the baton back to the Chartreuse for long finish of herbal fireworks, a perfect adult companion for St. Patrick’s Day. Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 16 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1612, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of herbal was in 1526

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“Herbal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herbal. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

herbal

adjective
herb·​al
ˈ(h)ər-bəl
: of, relating to, or made of herbs

Medical Definition

herbal

1 of 2 noun
herb·​al ˈ(h)ər-bəl How to pronounce herbal (audio)
1
: a book about plants especially with reference to their medical properties
2

herbal

2 of 2 adjective
: of, relating to, or made of herbs

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