herb

noun, often attributive
\ ˈərb, 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 \ adjective
herby \ ˈ(h)ər-​bē \ adjective

Examples of herb in a Sentence

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

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The Austrian bottling is a pleasure to drink—crisp and lively with aromas of white pepper and herb. 2. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "The Sommelier Side Hustle: Winemaking," 10 Jan. 2019 Mommy Knows Best Blessed Thistle and Fenugreek brings together 2️⃣ potent herbs known for increasing breast milk production in mothers. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "Inside the mommy-friendly, scientifically sketchy world of breastfeeding supplements," 20 Dec. 2018 Marinate mozzarella balls flavored with herbs and spices. Mark Addison, Seventeen, "12 Genius Tips for Throwing a Spooky Halloween Party Your Friends Will Never Forget," 8 Aug. 2018 Expect dishes like chicken liver mousse, blended with herbs, cream and Scottish whisky and sealed with a sweet orange marmalade butter and served with hot toast. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Omakase Yume brings chefs' choice sushi to the West Loop, plus other restaurant news," 10 July 2018 Braised meat, onions, potatoes, wine and herbs combine in a hearty, flavorful stew. Catherine M. Allchin, The Seattle Times, "Packed with flavor and prettily potted, the traditional Alsatian stew baeckeoffe is rich wintertime comfort," 11 Dec. 2018 Betty later finds out from her coroner pal Dr. Curdle Jr. that Daryl did not commit suicide, but was poisoned with a herb that grows in Penelope Blossom’s greenhouse. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale Has Some Very Bad News for Varchie Fans," 29 Nov. 2018 Lov is also growing Asian herbs hydroponically at the new restaurant. Tarajia Morrell, WSJ, "A New Paradigm of Asian Cuisine Comes to Copenhagen," 28 Nov. 2018 Use pressurized canners for low-acid foods like potatoes, most other vegetables, and meats. • Refrigerate homemade oils infused with garlic or herbs for no longer than 4 days. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Taco Bell has just issued a warning for its popular salsa con queso.," 25 July 2018

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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, 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 \

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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