Herb definition

ûrb, hûrb
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A plant whose stem does not produce woody, persistent tissue and generally dies back at the end of each growing season.
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(slang) Marijuana.
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Any of various often aromatic plants used especially in medicine or as seasoning.
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Any plant used as a medicine, seasoning, or flavoring: mint, thyme, basil, and sage are herbs.
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A flowering plant whose stem does not produce woody tissue and generally dies back at the end of each growing season. Both grasses and forbs are herbs.
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Vegetative growth; grass.
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The definition of an herb is a flavorful plant used to season food in cooking or a plant used as medicine.

An example of an herb is basil.

An example of an herb is mint, used to soothe an upset stomach.

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Herb is defined as slang for marijuana.

An example of herb is what you might put into a joint, or a marijuana cigarette.

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Any green, leafy plant, or parts thereof, used to flavor or season food.
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Plant whose roots, leaves or seeds, etc. are used in medicine.
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(slang, euphemistic) Marijuana.
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(botany) A plant whose stem is not woody and does not persist beyond each growing season.
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A diminutive of the male given name Herbert.
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Any seed plant whose stem withers away to the ground after each season's growth, as distinguished from a tree or shrub whose woody stem lives from year to year.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
herb
Plural:
herbs

Origin of herb

  • Middle English herbe from Old French erbe from Latin herba

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English erbe, from Old French erbe (French herbe), from Latin herba. Initial h restored 15c. after Latin but remained mute until 19c. (still is for many).

    From Wiktionary