Definitions for herbalˈɜr bəl, ˈhɜr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

herb•alˈɜr bəl, ˈhɜr-(adj.)

  1. of, pertaining to, or consisting of herbs.

  2. (n.)a book about herbs or plants, usu. describing their medicinal properties.

  3. a herbarium.

Origin of herbal:

1510–20; < ML

Princeton's WordNet

  1. herb tea, herbal tea, herbal(adj)

    tea-like drink made of leaves of various herbs

  2. herbal(adj)

    of or relating to herbs

    "herbal tea, herbal medicine"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. herbal(adjective)ˈɜr bəl, ˈhɜr-

    made from plants

    herbal medicine/remedies


  1. herbal(Noun)

    A manual of herbs and their medical uses

  2. herbal(Noun)

    An herbal supplement

  3. herbal(Adjective)

    Made from or with herbs.

    Herbal tea has a nice aroma and is good for a stuffy head.

  4. herbal(Adjective)

    Made from natural herbs specifically as opposed to from synthetic materials.

    People think herbal supplements are safer because they are natural.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Herbal(adj)

    of or pertaining to herbs

  2. Herbal(noun)

    a book containing the names and descriptions of plants

  3. Herbal(noun)

    a collection of specimens of plants, dried and preserved; a hortus siccus; an herbarium


  1. Herbal

    A herbal is "a collection of descriptions of plants put together for medicinal purposes." Expressed more elaborately — it is a book containing the names and descriptions of plants, usually with information on their virtues — and in particular their medicinal, tonic, culinary, toxic, hallucinatory, aromatic, or magical powers, and the legends associated with them. A herbal may also classify the plants it describes, may give recipes for herbal extracts, tinctures, or potions, and sometimes include mineral and animal medicaments in addition to those obtained from plants. Herbals were often illustrated to assist plant identification. Herbals were among the first literature produced in Ancient Egypt, China, India, and Europe as the medical wisdom of the day accumulated by herbalists, apothecaries and physicians. Herbals were also among the first books to be printed in both China and Europe. In Western Europe herbals flourished for two centuries following the introduction of moveable type. In the late 17th century, the rise of modern chemistry, toxicology and pharmacology reduced the medicinal value of the classical herbal. As reference manuals for botanical study and plant identification herbals were supplanted by Floras — systematic accounts of the plants found growing in a particular region, with scientifically accurate botanical descriptions, classification, and illustrations. Herbals have seen a modest revival in the western world since the last decades of the 20th century, as herbalism and related disciplines became popular forms of complementary and alternative medicine.

Translations for herbal

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of herbs, especially herbs used to make medicines

a herbal remedy.

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