[ urb or, esp. British, hurb ]
/ ɜrb or, esp. British, hɜrb /


a flowering plant whose stem above ground does not become woody.
such a plant when valued for its medicinal properties, flavor, scent, or the like.
Often the herb. Slang. marijuana.
Archaic. herbage.

Nearby words

  1. heraldic,
  2. heraldry,
  3. heralds' college,
  4. heralds' office,
  5. herat,
  6. herb bennet,
  7. herb christopher,
  8. herb doctor,
  9. herb gerard,
  10. herb layer


    give it the herbs, Australian Slang. to use full power, especially in accelerating a car.

Origin of herb

1250–1300; Middle English herbe < Old French erbe, herbe < Latin herba

Related formsherb·less, adjectiveherb·like, adjective


[ hurb ]
/ hɜrb /


a male given name, form of Herbert.
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British Dictionary definitions for herb


/ (hɜːb, US ɜːrb) /


a seed-bearing plant whose aerial parts do not persist above ground at the end of the growing season; herbaceous plant
  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
Caribbean a slang term for marijuana
Derived Formsherblike, adjective

Word Origin for herb

C13: from Old French herbe, from Latin herba grass, green plants

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Word Origin and History for herb



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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Science definitions for 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.
Related formsherbaceous adjective (hûr-bāshəs, ûr-)

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