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[hur-buh-list, ur-] /ˈhɜr bə lɪst, ˈɜr-/
a person who collects or deals in herbs, especially medicinal herbs.
an author of an herbal.
(formerly) a botanist.
Origin of herbalist
First recorded in 1585-95; herbal + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for herbalist
Historical Examples
  • It was between this convent and a herbalist's that the shop transformed into a studio was situated.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • I believe he has a weakness for your neighbour, the herbalist woman.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • The herbalist felt the energy of his language and was subdued.

  • The herbalist, talking volubly, accompanied him to the door.

  • Gerarde, the great English herbalist, 1597, does not mention them.

    The Peaches of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • In a rosery of Fetter lane of Gerard, herbalist, he walks, greyedauburn.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • It is not their uses that attract him; that is the business of the herbalist.

  • At last I hinted to him that my grandmother was a herbalist, and a skilful one.

    Indian Boyhood [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
  • Parkinson gives more beauty recipes than any other herbalist.

    The Old English Herbals Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
  • There is still another German herbalist of the sixteenth century whose work must not be overlooked.

British Dictionary definitions for herbalist


a person who grows, collects, sells, or specializes in the use of herbs, esp medicinal herbs
(formerly) a descriptive botanist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for herbalist

1590s; see herbal + -ist. Earlier such a person might have been called herber (early 13c. as a surname).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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herbalist in Medicine

herbalist herb·al·ist (ûr'bə-lĭst, hûr'-)

  1. One who grows, collects, or specializes in the use of herbs, especially medicinal herbs.

  2. See herb doctor.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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