her·​bar·​i·​um | \ ˌ(h)ər-ˈber-ē-əm How to pronounce herbarium (audio) \
plural herbaria\ ˌ(h)ər-​ˈber-​ē-​ə How to pronounce herbarium (audio) \

Definition of herbarium

1 : a collection of dried plant specimens usually mounted and systematically arranged for reference
2 : a place that houses an herbarium

Examples of herbarium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Edinburgh’s herbarium carpology – plant collection – is 3 million specimens strong and counting. Barbara Hall, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 May 2021 The herbarium includes dried, pressed plant specimens from as far back as the 1840s and serves as a sort of living lab for students in the CMBG’s native plants and ecological horticulture and botanical arts continuing education programs. Alyssa Giacobbe, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Mar. 2021 Website Open seasonally from May through October, this botanical garden is known not only for its lush flowers, but also for its comprehensive herbarium, which draws botanical enthusiasts from all around. Kaye Toal, Travel + Leisure, 25 Feb. 2021 Despite this, many algal herbarium collections are underused and underfunded. Annie Roth, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Sep. 2020 From scouring the tide pools for the perfect blades, to artfully arranging them on a piece of paper in my herbarium press, every step of the process is immensely satisfying. Annie Roth, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Sep. 2020 To that end, Kuntz has created the nonprofit herbarium Canndor, which focuses on documenting and preserving cannabis diversity. Marcus Crowder, SFChronicle.com, 22 Sep. 2020 Near the back, leaning on the vase, is an alga from an herbarium of strange, incredible shapes, which could have been invented by Max Ernst. Louis Benech, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2020 One of Ammal’s goals for the botanical survey was to house plant specimens that had been collected from across the continent in an herbarium in India. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of herbarium

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Herbarium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herbarium. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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