herbarium

noun

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)
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 Emily Sessa, the director of the botanical garden’s herbarium, said the students’ work could ultimately help botanists more effectively track the impact of climate change on specific plants over time. Natasha Singer Thalia Juarez, New York Times, 15 May 2024 In another example of how the legacy of scientific extraction lingers in collections, a 2023 study compared the diversity of herbarium collections to their colonial histories. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 4 Apr. 2024 One 2019 study found that just a quarter of the specimens from four focal species studied at the herbarium included roots. Maddie Bender, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Mar. 2024 Their patterns — incorporating cool blues for Winter and notes of maroon for Autumn — are based on Swedish herbarium specimen sheets that the pair found while antiquing. Caitie Kelly Siobhan Reid Abid Haque Gisela Williams Carla Valdivia Nakatani Rima Suqi, New York Times, 13 July 2023 By the time a new Cal Academy of Sciences opened in 1916 in Golden Gate Park, the 57-year-old Eastwood had expanded her ambitions from a California herbarium to a worldwide collection of plants. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Apr. 2023 Eastwood was hired as an herbarium assistant by Mary Katharine Brandegee, the Academy’s botany curator, who had been just the third woman to attend medical school at UC Berkeley. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Apr. 2023 The exhibition also features text from journals and publications documenting the original voyage and a selection of plant specimens that Banks brought back with him and are today held in the Smithsonian’s collections as part of the U.S. National herbarium. Lily Katzman, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Feb. 2020 The seeds and fruits that were selected are a tiny fraction of the three million specimens housed in the Royal Botanic Garden's herbarium, the oldest of which dates back to 1697. CNN, 31 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of herbarium was in 1751

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“Herbarium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herbarium. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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herbarium

noun
her·​bar·​i·​um ˌ(h)ər-ˈbar-ē-əm How to pronounce herbarium (audio)
-ˈber-
plural herbaria -ē-ə How to pronounce herbarium (audio)
1
: a collection of dried plant specimens
2
: a place that houses an herbarium

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