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 herbaria (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 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, "The Treasures of France’s Most Revered Gardener," 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, "The Pioneering Female Botanist Who Sweetened a Nation and Saved a Valley," 1 Aug. 2019 The first such plant in Virgnia was apparently identified in Clarke County, one of the herbarium’s postings said. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Huge, toxic weed found for first time in Virginia, experts say," 19 June 2018 His vision for the botanical garden is to create plant research facilities, which would include a herbarium, tissue culture facilities, a nursery and greenhouses complemented by a library and computer/internet accessibility. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Garden advocate wants Ramona Street completion off priority list," 11 July 2018 The event, organized by botanist Steve Riser, was designed to collect herbarium samples from the 437 acres Bassett and his late wife, Elaine, purchased at auction in 2016. Eric Barker, The Seattle Times, "Couples win bid for chunk of the Palouse," 10 June 2018 There are specimens from the school’s herbarium and live plants. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "If you haven’t talked to a plant in a while, here’s your opportunity," 1 Apr. 2018 Many of these flowers were in fact herbs used for medicinal purposes and thus the herbarium of medieval times were not just well known, but based on direct observations of nature. Kim Sajet, Smithsonian, "In Obama’s Official Portrait the Flowers Are Cultivated From the Past," 21 Feb. 2018 An antique Chinese table from John Rosselli Antiques is topped with a folk-art pelican and dried gourds, and the lamp is by Bunny Williams Home; the 18th-century Italian herbarium is from Michael Trapp. Carter Berg, ELLE Decor, "HOUSE TOUR: Bunny Williams Transforms A Homely A-Frame Into An Inspiring Studio Space," 14 Feb. 2018

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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 6 Aug. 2020.

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