What does herb mean?

Definitions for herb
ɜrb; esp. Brit. hɜrbherb

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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


  1. herb(Noun)

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

    Etymology: Ultimately from herba.

  2. herb(Noun)

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

    Etymology: Ultimately from herba.

  3. herb(Noun)


    Etymology: Ultimately from herba.

  4. herb(Noun)

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

    Etymology: Ultimately from herba.

  5. Herb(ProperNoun)

    A short form of the male given name Herbert.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [OE. herbe, erbe, OF. herbe, erbe, F. herbe, L. herba; perh. akin to Gr. forbh` food, pasture, fe`rbein to feed.]

  2. Herb(noun)

    grass; herbage

    Etymology: [OE. herbe, erbe, OF. herbe, erbe, F. herbe, L. herba; perh. akin to Gr. forbh` food, pasture, fe`rbein to feed.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Herb

    hėrb, n. a plant the stem of which dies every year, as distinguished from a tree or shrub which has a permanent stem.—adj. Herbā′ceous, pertaining to, or of the nature of, herbs: (bot.) having a soft stem that dies to the root annually.—n. Herbage (hėrb′āj, or ėrb′āj), green food for cattle: pasture: herbs collectively.—adjs. Herb′aged, covered with grass; Herb′al, pertaining to herbs.—n. a book containing descriptions of plants with medicinal properties, orig. of all plants.—ns. Herb′alist, one who makes collections of herbs or plants: one skilled in plants; Herb′ar (Spens.), an herb; Herbā′rian, a herbalist; Herbā′rium, a classified collection of preserved herbs or plants:—pl. Herbā′riums, Herbā′ria; Herb′ary, a garden of herbs; Herb′-benn′et (see Avens).—adjs. Herbes′cent, growing into herbs, becoming herbaceous; Herbif′erous, bearing herbs.—n. Herb′ist, a herbalist.—n.pl. Herbiv′ora, a name loosely applied to hoofed quadrupeds.—n.sing. Herb′ivore.—adjs. Herbiv′orous, eating or living on herbaceous plants; Herb′less.—ns. Herb′let (Shak.), a small herb; Herb′-of-grace′, or -repent′ance, the common rue, the vervain; Herborisā′tion, the seeking for plants: (min.) the figure of plants.—v.i. Herb′orise, to search for plants: to botanise.—v.t. to form plant-like figures in, as in minerals.—n. Herb′orist, a herbalist.—adjs. Herb′ous, Herb′ose, abounding with herbs.—ns. Herb′-Par′is, Paris quadrifolia, related to wake-robin; Herb′-Pē′ter, the cowslip or primrose; Herb′-Rob′ert, a common kind of geranium; Herb′-trin′ity, the pansy.—adj. Herb′y, of or pertaining to herbs. [Fr. herbe—L. herba, akin to Gr. phorbē, pasture—pherbein, to feed.]

Editors Contribution

  1. herb

    A type of cultivar, plant, shrub or tree.

    We created a beautiful herb garden to use for cooking and sharing with our neighbours.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 28, 2020  

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of herb in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of herb in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of herb in a Sentence


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  2. Henry David Thoreau:

    However mean your life is, meet it and live it do not shun it and call it hard names. Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.

  3. Patricia Bannan:

    Tea at night is great, it’s relaxing, but you want to go for decaffeinated tea, or an herbal tea, which is naturally decaffeinated. Chamomile is also great, because it’s naturally a ‘sleepy-time’ herb.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    A proverb works as an effective herb to curb or cure the mental illness of the selfish people of this world.

  5. Jorgen Stoltz:

    In the summer there is arrowgrass, which tastes of coriander, all year round we find scurvy grass, which is what the Vikings used to bring around Europe as a medicinal herb. We also call it wasabi wort because of its intensity, just like horseradish.

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