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  1. a person who collects or deals in herbs, especially medicinal herbs.
  2. herb doctor.
  3. an author of an herbal.
  4. (formerly) a botanist.

Origin of herbalist

First recorded in 1585–95; herbal + -ist
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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.

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    Emile Zola

  • I believe he has a weakness for your neighbour, the herbalist woman.

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    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.

British Dictionary definitions for herbalist


  1. a person who grows, collects, sells, or specializes in the use of herbs, esp medicinal herbs
  2. (formerly) a descriptive botanist
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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

herbalist in Medicine


(ûrbə-lĭst, hûr-)
  1. One who grows, collects, or specializes in the use of herbs, especially medicinal herbs.
  2. herb doctor