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 More than 4 million specimens of these essential algae are plastered onto hundreds of thousands of slides and housed in the academy’s diatom herbarium. Jack Tamisiea, WIRED, 24 Sep. 2022 CNN)An enormous waterlily in London's Royal Botanic Gardens has been discovered to belong to an entirely new species, after 177 years in the gardens' herbarium. Amarachi Orie, CNN, 4 July 2022 Despite specimens sitting in Kew's herbarium for 177 years, new expertise has revealed that the waterlily is a previously unrecognized species. Dylan Butts, NBC News, 4 July 2022 An herbarium is, in essence, a library of taminate them, and affix them to large sheets of stiff white paper to be stacked and stored landscapes and the human powers that shaped them. Harpers Magazine, 16 Mar. 2022 Santore runs down a list of coordinates where prostrata has been observed in the area, thanks to tips from other botanists and old herbarium records. Jesse Will, Outside Online, 15 Mar. 2022 The names of these substances are perversely poetic: cat’s claw, stevia, goldenseal, andrographis—a virtual herbarium of desperation. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 13 Oct. 2021 The specimens conserved in the herbarium are used for research, with the ultimate goal of identifying each one and naming new species. CNN, 31 Aug. 2021 Edinburgh’s herbarium carpology – plant collection – is 3 million specimens strong and counting. Barbara Hall, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 May 2021 See More

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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 4 Oct. 2022.

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