herb·​al·​ist | \ ˈ(h)ər-bə-list How to pronounce herbalist (audio) \

Definition of herbalist

1 : a person who practices healing by the use of herbs
2 : a person who collects or grows herbs

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Recent Examples on the Web Over the course of a 90-minute workshop, Felicity Roberts, an herbalist, urban farmer, writer and textile artist, will teach viewers about various winter mushrooms, lichens and fungi, from the commonplace to the rare. New York Times, "Learn About Lichen and Sculpt a Self-Portrait," 23 Jan. 2021 Ching, who describes himself as a fourth-generation herbalist and nutritionist and operates Petstaurant stores in Sherman Oaks and the Westside, is not a veterinarian. Los Angeles Times, "New charges accuse L.A. animal activist Marc Ching of making false claims over his pet food," 4 Dec. 2020 Kursten Hedgis, a herbalist in Decatur, Georgia, says her dog Bitsy, also a rescue, misses the attention from other humans on their walks. Dan Sewell, ajc, "Changes, challenges: The not-so-secret life of pandemic pets," 31 Dec. 2020 Hawthorne is a gender-nonbinary Black herbalist and L.A.-based owner of online apothecary Jam Haw Herbals, one of the purveyors of natural healing practices that young folks have been flocking to online via hashtags such as #BlackHerbalist. Amina Khan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: ‘Lives are in the balance’," 4 Dec. 2020 For Abi Huff, a Black and Filipino herbalist from Sonoma, activism has meant prioritizing her Black clients. Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, "Why are so many turning to Black herbalists? Their remedies are tailor-made for 2020," 4 Dec. 2020 Five Flavor Herbs’ cofounders, Ingrid Bauer, M.D., and husband and licensed acupuncturist-herbalist Benjamin Zappin, experienced the blaze firsthand. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "How to Use Herbs for Support During Fire Season," 29 Sep. 2020 That recipe was cobbled together from recommendations by my Chinese herbalist. Ling Ma, Wired, "‘One Person’s Apocalypse Is Another Person’s Day-to-Day’," 17 Nov. 2020 The tea garden — a typically modest plot dedicated to the growing of herbs and flowers for steeping — has its roots in ancient herbalist traditions and helped lay the foundation for modern botany. Aimee Farrell, New York Times, "How to Create Your Own Herbal Tea Garden," 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of herbalist

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of herbalist was in 1589

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5 Feb 2021

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“Herbalist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herbalist. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of herbalist

: a person who grows, sells, or uses herbs to treat illness


herb·​al·​ist | \ -ləst How to pronounce herbalist (audio) \

Medical Definition of herbalist

1 : one who collects or grows herbs
2 : one who practices herbal medicine

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