Definitions for herbɜrb; esp. Brit. hɜrb

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

herbɜrb; esp. Brit. hɜrb(n.)

  1. a flowering plant whose stem above ground does not become woody and persistent.

    Category: Plants

  2. such a plant valued for its medicinal properties, flavor, or scent.

    Category: Plants

  3. Often, the herb.Slang.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Pharmacology, Status (usage)

    Ref: marijuana. 2

  4. Archaic. herbage.

Origin of herb:

1250–1300; ME herbe < OF erbe, herbe < L herba


Princeton's WordNet

  1. herb, herbaceous plant(noun)

    a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests

  2. herb(noun)

    aromatic potherb used in cookery for its savory qualities

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. herb(noun)ɜrb; esp. Brit. hɜrb

    a plant used to flavor food

    herbs and spices


  1. herb(Noun)

    Any green, leafy plant, or parts thereof, used to flavor or season food.

  2. herb(Noun)

    Plant whose roots, leaves or seeds, etc. are used in medicine.

  3. herb(Noun)


  4. herb(Noun)

    A plant whose stem is not woody and does not persist beyond each growing season

  5. Herb(ProperNoun)

    A short form of the male given name Herbert.

  6. Origin: Ultimately from herba.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Herb(noun)

    a plant whose stem does not become woody and permanent, but dies, at least down to the ground, after flowering

  2. Herb(noun)

    grass; herbage


  1. Herb

    In general use, herbs are any plants used for flavoring, food, medicine, or perfume. Culinary use typically distinguishes herbs as referring to the leafy green parts of a plant, from a "spice", a product from another part of the plant, including seeds, berries, bark, roots and fruits. In American botanical English the term "herb" is also used as an abbreviation of "herbaceous plant". This usage is rarely found in British English. Herbs have a variety of uses including culinary, medicinal, and in some cases spiritual usage. General usage of the term "herb" differs between culinary herbs and medicinal herbs. In medicinal or spiritual use any of the parts of the plant might be considered "herbs", including leaves, roots, flowers, seeds, resin, root bark, inner bark, berries and sometimes the pericarp or other portions of the plant. The word "herb" is pronounced by many U.S. speakers, or by other U.S. speakers and all other English speakers.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'herb' in Nouns Frequency: #2634

Anagrams of herb

  1. Hebr.

Translations for herb

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a usually small plant used to flavour food or to make medicines

herbs and spices.

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