herb·​al·​ist ˈ(h)ər-bə-list How to pronounce herbalist (audio)
: a person who practices healing by the use of herbs
: a person who collects or grows herbs

Examples of herbalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Working with Deb during her days as executive chef, herbalist and educator were always fun and a learning experience for me. Rita Nader Heikenfeld, The Enquirer, 18 Aug. 2023 Her father, the sugar worker, was also an herbalist. Siddhartha Mitter, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2023 The dandelion plant has been a favorite of herbalists and ancient medicine practitioners across the globe for ages. Christina Manian, Rdn, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Oct. 2023 Additionally, an herbalist and integrative medicine doctor from our Medical Expert Board reviewed this article for scientific accuracy. Allison Knott Ms, Rdn, Cssd, Cdn, Verywell Health, 10 Aug. 2023 Ona’s Tía Pastora is a reader of truths; Tía Camila is an herbalist and healer; and even the seemingly guileless Tía Matilde is blessed with a superhuman capacity for kindness. Patricia Engel, Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2023 On Tuesday morning, an herbalist named Spice Prince was at his shop in Lahaina, Hawaii, preparing for the launch of a new perfume line, when gnarly winds started to topple trees and power lines in his neighborhood. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2023 Over the years, she’s learned more about foraging through her own research, as well as podcasts, articles, classes, workshops and studying with fellow foragers and herbalists like Bat Vardeh and Emily Han. Dakota Kim, Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2023 An herbalist would wrap up the ingredients, which Yang’s mother would boil down into a dark soup full of intriguing lumps. Jamie Fisher, New York Times, 24 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of herbalist was in 1589

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“Herbalist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herbalist. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


herb·​al·​ist -ləst How to pronounce herbalist (audio)
: one who collects or grows herbs
: one who practices herbal medicine
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