herb·​al·​ist | \ ˈ(h)ər-bə-list \

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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When he was supposed to be watching us, this amateur herbalist would spend long stretches in our backyard. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "Two Eggs, $5 and One Funny Yolk," 17 Aug. 2018 This last piece is key, said Victoria Albina, a functional- and integrative-medicine nurse practitioner, herbalist and life coach. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "Feed Your Head: Foods That Target Depression and Anxiety," 26 July 2018 The star of the square is the oldest living tree in Paris, a black locust, said to have been planted in 1601 by Jean Robin, who was the herbalist and gardener to Henri III, Henri IV, and Louis XII. Melissa Liebling-goldberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Paris Walking Tours," 3 Mar. 2018 Image When Colleen O’Bryant pivoted from her job as operations manager at an insurance firm to start her own business as an herbalist, her training came with a steep price tag. Kerry Hannon, New York Times, "The Cost of Going Back to School as an Adult," 5 June 2018 For healers and herbalists, the stakes were high; the wrong plant or preparation could result in death. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Botanical Artist Who Translates Plant Science Into Beautiful Art," 10 July 2018 The other three stops on this tour include an Ethiopian restaurant, a traditional Italian deli and a teahouse run by a fifth-generation herbalist. Roxana A. Soto, USA TODAY, "Sample regional flavors with culinary experts," 30 June 2018 Elisa Shankle, a founder, developed the tea blends and elixirs with an herbalist. Crystal Martin, New York Times, "In This House, Everyone’s Welcome," 27 June 2018 Made by an herbalist in the Pacific Northwest, the multipurpose products cleanse, exfoliate, tone, moisturize, and protect against UVA/UVB rays, plus the lavender grains double as a mask. Allison Young, Sunset, "10 Best Travel Beauty Kits," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of herbalist

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Medical Definition of herbalist

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

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