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 Pintas 2017 is like an explosion of herbal and minty notes on the palate. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, "Small “Wine & Soul” Challenging The Big Port Wine Houses," 24 Feb. 2021 The color is translucent ruby, the aromas lifted with violets and roses, the flavors light and herbal. Washington Post, "This savory, silky $14 pinot noir is worth stocking up on," 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, "16 Oregon beers to give - and some even delivered - for the holidays," 20 Nov. 2020 Its neutral taste pairs nicely with seasonings across the spectrum, from creamy to herbal to spicy, and the nooks and crannies of meat plus the cup of the shells help mussels capture and deliver flavor in every bite. Washington Post, "Mussels are simple to prepare, and add tasty drama to the table," 29 Oct. 2020 Very acidic with classic Australian-New Zealand nose (herbal). Marc Bona, cleveland, "Chardonnay wine guide: What’s it about? Flavors, facts, history, prices – 34 wines tasted," 27 Sep. 2020 With layers of herbal, fruity and citrus flavors, these aperitifs can combine with prosecco to make light, refreshing drinks with notes of complexity. Tina Danze, Dallas News, "The spritz isn’t going anywhere: Why it’s still our favorite summer cocktail," 30 June 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Western medicine has, historically, overlooked herbal remedies used by women and Indigenous peoples. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "How a New Digital Archive Preserves—and Protects—Indigenous Folk Medicine," 31 Mar. 2021 Tens of thousands of Covid-19 patients received herbal remedies alongside mainstream antiviral drugs last year, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "China approves sale of traditional medicine products to treat Covid-19," 4 Mar. 2021 The government is also promoting herbal remedies, such as steam inhalation to combat the coronavirus. Priya Sippy, Quartz Africa, "Tanzania announces new Covid-19 measures under mounting pressure," 24 Feb. 2021 Her daughter left chicken soup and herbal remedies of ginger and garlic and rosemary outside her door. New York Times, "‘We Are Forced to Live in These Conditions’: In Los Angeles, Virus Ravages Overcrowded Homes," 23 Jan. 2021 Those ingredients are first made into an herbal tea and then placed in a spinning column vacuum still, a device that’s used to bring the mixture to a boil at a much lower temperature. Leslie Kelly, Forbes, "Wilderton Botanical Distillate Offers A Distinctly Northwest Take On NA Spirits," 12 Mar. 2021 These caffeine-free herbal teas from YogiTea can be a sweet addition to your morning, or a nice way to wind down. Amanda Tarlton And Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "15 popular self-care products under $30," 3 Nov. 2020 After the sit-down restaurant fell victim to the pandemic, Nguyen decided to start Purposeful Creations, selling homemade herbal teas, tinctures and salves. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Small businesses born during coronavirus pandemic find exposure at new Capital Flea Market in Hartford," 8 Oct. 2020 In April 2020, Madagascan president Andry Rajoelina launched a herbal tea which was marketed in bottles. Farai Shawn Matiashe, Quartz, "Covid-19 vaccines face a trust gap against some traditional African remedies," 1 Mar. 2021

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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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“Herbal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herbal. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of herbal

: made of or relating to herbs


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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