herb

noun, often attributive
\ ˈərb How to pronounce herb (audio) , US also and British usually ˈhərb\

Definition of herb

1 botany : a seed-producing annual, biennial, or perennial that does not develop persistent woody tissue but dies down at the end of a growing season
2 : a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities planted parsley, basil, and rosemary in her herb garden
3 slang : marijuana sense 2

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Other Words from herb

herblike \ ˈ(h)ərb-​ˌlīk How to pronounce herblike (audio) \ adjective
herby \ ˈ(h)ər-​bē How to pronounce herby (audio) \ adjective

Examples of herb in a Sentence

a dish seasoned with chopped fresh herbs rosemary, sage, and other herbs

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On dry land, the options are just as bountiful: there are lush forests with native herbs like horopito; gardens with rainbows of organic produce, and acres of stonefruits in sprawling orchards. Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, "The 7 Dishes You Have to Eat in New Zealand," 25 July 2018 Meal includes 6- to 7-pound rock salt roasted, herb crusted prime rib, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, roasted green beans, and an herbed au jus. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Where to find Father's Day brunch deals, restaurant specials to help you celebrate," 4 June 2019 These herbs can have a synergistic interaction with caffeine, meaning the combined effect is greater than the impact of each alone. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "Energy Drinks May Cause Heart Problems—Here’s How to Get a Natural Boost Instead," 4 June 2019 The Canadian chicken sandwich features a chicken breast, tomato, mozzarella, lettuce, onions and tomato-and-herb sauce. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "McDonald’s will accept foreign currency for a new Worldwide Favorites Menu item on Thursday," 4 June 2019 These lavender fields are currently blooming and will be until June, but the flowering herb hits its peak in July. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "It’s Peak Lavender Season in Turkey, so Book Your Vacation ASAP," 17 May 2019 These herbs are placed on the Seder plate to symbolize the bitterness of the Jews’ slavery under the Egyptians before the Exodus. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "Learning to Love Bitter Tastes," 19 Apr. 2019 The new line comes in four flavors — original, lemon pepper, Spanish, and garlic herb — and includes ingredients like lentils, chickpeas, and green peas for almost 40% less net carbs than traditional white rice. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "RightRice, the Low-Carb Side Made From Vegetables, Is Basically the New Cauliflower Rice," 7 Mar. 2019 When ready to serve, toss with spinach, herbs, and half of Parmesan. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Lemon Marinated Herb Pasta Salad," 20 May 2019

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First Known Use of herb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for herb

Middle English herbe, from Anglo-French, from Latin herba

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herb

noun

English Language Learners Definition of herb

: a plant or a part of a plant that is used as medicine or to give flavor to food

herb

noun
\ ˈərb How to pronounce herb (audio) , ˈhərb\

Kids Definition of herb

1 : a plant with soft stems that die down at the end of the growing season
2 : a plant or plant part used in medicine or in seasoning foods

herb

noun, often attributive
\ ˈ(h)ərb How to pronounce herb (audio) \

Medical Definition of herb

1 : a seed plant that does not develop persistent woody tissue but dies down at the end of a growing season
2 : a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities

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