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
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



Definition of herbal (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of herbal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun From sweet to savory to spicy to herbal, this spread hits an impressive number of notes. Gabriela Aoun, Outside Online, 10 Nov. 2020 The result is a sweet herbal and almond softness that lingers long after the last sip. Richard Carleton Hacker, Robb Report, 8 Feb. 2022 Main Course: Maitake Mushrooms with Thyme and Sherry Woodsy and herbal, these mushrooms pair well with just about anything. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, 14 Dec. 2021 After a rain, the prairie smells woodsy and herbal. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Their meads, honey wines that harken back to medieval times but have made a comeback, offer the mouthfeel of an English cider with varying levels of dry to fruity with apple, citrus, herbal, and floral flavors. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Aug. 2021 Pintas 2017 is like an explosion of herbal and minty notes on the palate. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 The color is translucent ruby, the aromas lifted with violets and roses, the flavors light and herbal. Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2020 Maccabeer, described by this kosher brewery as an herbal and piney IPA with some fruity notes, is being canned for the first time in 2020. oregonlive, 20 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective With antioxidants and herbal extracts that can do things like calm your skin, nourish it, and moisturize it, this is a great toner to try, regardless of your skin type. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 May 2022 The whisky is herbal and fruity on the nose with hits of caramel. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 17 May 2022 The convention floor is typically full of vendors and exhibitors that represent a large swath of the LGBTQ community, from illustrators to herbal tea purveyors. Alexander Kacala, NBC News, 16 May 2022 Try using the leaves and flowers in more herbal wreaths. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 May 2022 Wild raspberry, peach, and clementine are delivered with mouth-filling texture and beautiful tension, the fruit nudged into savory territory by minerality and an herbal quality. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 13 May 2022 There's a solid menu of milk teas as well as herbal and fruit teas such as the white peach oolong drink. Emma Balter, Chron, 3 May 2022 Police noticed an empty can of beer and an open bottle of Jägermeister, a bitter herbal liqueur, in the car. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 28 Apr. 2022 The Queen is a great believer in homeopathy and herbal medicines, and each dog has a unique menu. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 23 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of herbal


1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1612, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2022

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“Herbal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herbal. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for herbal


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



Medical Definition of herbal (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or made of herbs

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