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herb

[urb or, esp. British, hurb] /ɜrb or, esp. British, hɜrb/
noun
1.
a flowering plant whose stem above ground does not become woody.
2.
such a plant when valued for its medicinal properties, flavor, scent, or the like.
3.
Often, the herb. Slang. marijuana.
4.
Archaic. herbage.
Idioms
5.
give it the herbs, Australian Slang. to use full power, especially in accelerating a car.
Origin of herb
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English herbe < Old French erbe, herbe < Latin herba
Related forms
herbless, adjective
herblike, adjective

Herb

[hurb] /hɜrb/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Herbert.
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  • Mary put her patient "to-rights," and set some herb drink on the back of the stove.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • She made a feint of accepting the herb, and then pointed to him and to the road.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • And I crossed the water on the shoe, picked the herb and ate it.

  • Says one, 'It is an herb of Mars, and under the sign Aries.'

    Storyology

    Benjamin Taylor
  • The dispelling of the charm was just the natural physical action of the herb.

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    Benjamin Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for herb

herb

/hɜːb; US ɜːrb/
noun
1.
a seed-bearing plant whose aerial parts do not persist above ground at the end of the growing season; herbaceous plant
2.
  1. any of various usually aromatic plants, such as parsley, rue, and rosemary, that are used in cookery and medicine
  2. (as modifier): a herb garden
3.
(Caribbean) a slang term for marijuana
Derived Forms
herblike, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French herbe, from Latin herba grass, green plants
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Word Origin and History for herb
n.

c.1300, erbe "non-woody plant," from Old French erbe "grass, herb, plant" (12c.), from Latin herba "grass, an herb, herbage, turf." Refashioned after Latin since 15c., but the h- was mute until 19c. Slang meaning "marijuana" is attested from 1960s.

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herb in Science
herb
  (ûrb)   
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.

herbaceous adjective (hûr-bā'shəs, ûr-)
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Slang definitions & phrases for herb

herb 1

noun

A tedious, contemptible person; dork, geek, nerd: think you're a couple of reality-impaired herbs (1990s+ Students)

herb 2

noun

Marijuana; pot: So you get fines to pay and you've lost your herbs (1960s+ Narcotics)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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