herb·​al | \ ˈ(h)ər-bəl \

Definition of herbal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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

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

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 The gel-like formula — which smells fresh in a minty, herbal kind of way — contains the antioxidant niacinamide to sooth skin immediately and calm redness over time. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, "The October 2018 Allure Beauty Box," 1 Oct. 2018 The tea should be unflavored and non-herbal, so avoid chai or ginger, which could contain flavors or oils that'll compromise your batch. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Your Own Homemade Kombucha," 19 July 2018 The chimichurri sauce drizzled over top was a vibrant green and packed plenty of herbal flavor, if not much in the spice department. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Review: For healthy and tasty, new Shelbyville Road restaurant and juice bar hits the spot," 14 Feb. 2018 That means any pain or injury is treated with herbal remedies. Oliver Griffin, WSJ, "Like Your Steak Aged 36 Months? Try 17 Years," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of herbal


1516, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1612, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of herbal

: made of or relating to herbs


herb·​al | \ ˈ(h)ər-bəl \

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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