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

Examples of herbalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Authentic Ayurveda Ayurveda’s all that again, now that Santa Monica Proper Hotel is the hip new home of Ayurvedic guru, doctor, chef, and herbalist Martha Soffer’s renowned Surya Spa. Kate Wertheimer, Sunset Magazine, "The Ten Wellness Trends to Tune Into in 2020," 23 Jan. 2020 The interaction between Bland and Mallory is reflective of the strange bedfellows—a chef, a yoga teacher, a film director, a poet, an herbalist—who came together to make history with the single largest one-day protest in U.S. history. Hannah Seligson, Marie Claire, "Behind the Scenes of the Controversy at the Women's March," 17 Jan. 2020 Like many myths, that of Joe Pye the Indian herbalist has variations. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "Joe Pye Weed," 26 Sep. 2019 According to Elizabeth Alexandre, a New York City–based herbalist and acupuncturist, acupuncture is a tool that has met with success. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Definitive Guide to Surviving Allergy Season," 22 Mar. 2019 Cooks often doubled as herbalists who sought to soothe, strengthen or calm. The Economist, "What’s so super about super foods?," 1 Nov. 2019 Pearce and Pringle nail down every detail except one: There is no mention of Joseph’s being an herbalist. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "Joe Pye Weed," 26 Sep. 2019 This small shop in the Old Market specializes in organic skincare products that are created with natural Khmer herbs from Cambodia and based on recipes gleaned from traditional healers and herbalists. Emily Selter, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Angkor Wat Beyond the Temples," 10 Sep. 2019 Learn about its legality, safety and effectiveness from a certified clinical herbalist. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of herbalist

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Herbalist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herbalist. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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