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herb / (h)ərb/ • n. 1. any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for flavoring, food, medicine, or perfume: bundles of dried herbs | [as adj.] a formal herb garden. ∎  a part of such a plant as used in cooking: a potato base topped with tomatoes, cheese, and herbs. 2. Bot. any seed-bearing plant that does not have a woody stem and dies down to the ground after flowering. ORIGIN: Middle English: via Old French from Latin herba ‘grass, green crops, herb.’ Although herb has always been spelled with an h, pronunciation without it was usual in British English until the 19th cent. and is still standard in the U.S.

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herb (ûrb, hûrb), name for any plant that is used medicinally or as a spice and for the useful product of such a plant. Herbs as condiments and seasonings are still important in culinary art; the use of medicinal herbs, however, has waned since the advent of prescription and synthetic medicines, although plants remain a major source of drugs. The term herb is also applied to all herbaceous plants as distinguished from woody plants.

See R. E. Clarkson, Herbs, their Culture and Uses (1966); G. B. Foster, Herbs for Every Garden (rev. ed. 1973); A. and C. Krochmal, A Guide to the Medicinal Plants of the United States (1974).

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herb herb of grace the plant rue; the name is supposed to derive (like the synonymous herb of repentance), from the coincidence of the name with the noun and verb rue ‘repent, repentance’. The name is probably now best-known from Shakespeare, as in Richard II: ‘I'll set a bank of rue, sour herb of grace.’

See also better a dinner of herbs where love is.

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herb XIII. ME. (h)erbe — OF. erbe (mod. herbe) :- L. herba grass, green crops, herb. The pronunc. without initial aspirate was regular till early XIX.
So herbaceous XVII. f. L. herbage XIV. — OF. herbal book treating of plants. XVI. — medL.; whence herbalist XVI. herbarium collection of dried plants. XVIII. — late L.; see -ARY.

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1. A herbaceous plant, i.e. a seed-bearing plant that does not form hard woody tissue.

2. A plant with medicinal or culinary uses. Culinary herbs are usually plants whose leaves are used for flavouring food; examples are mint and parsley.

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herb Seed-bearing plant, usually with a soft stem that withers away after one growing season. Most herbs are angiosperms. The term is also applied to any plant used as a flavouring, seasoning or medicine, such as thyme, sage, and mint.

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herb A small, non-woody, seed-bearing plant in which all the aerial parts die back at the end of each growing season. Compare shrub; subshrub; and tree.

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herb A small, non-woody seed-bearing plant in which all the aerial parts die back at the end of each growing season. Compare SHRUB; SUBSHRUB; and TREE.

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herbacerb, blurb, curb, disturb, herb, kerb, perturb, Serb, superb, verb •suburb • potherb • willowherb •exurb • adverb • proverb

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