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[pot-urb, -hurb] /ˈpɒtˌɜrb, -ˌhɜrb/
any herb prepared as food by cooking in a pot, as spinach, or added as seasoning in cookery, as thyme.
Origin of potherb
First recorded in 1530-40; pot1 + herb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • We are told in the books that it is a potherb, an aromatic stimulant, even a remedy for toothache.

  • Chili plants and Cape gooseberries abounded, and many a potherb pleasant to behold and good in a curry.

    The Taming of the Jungle Dr. C. W. Doyle
  • It is grown in some parts for use as a potherb, and an aromatic oil is also obtained from the seeds.

    The Sea Shore William S. Furneaux
  • This plant was formerly cultivated as a potherb, and is now commonly found on waste ground near villages.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux
British Dictionary definitions for potherb


any plant having leaves, flowers, stems, etc, that are used in cooking for seasoning and flavouring or are eaten as a vegetable
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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