[ 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.

Idioms for herb

    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


herb·less, adjectiveherb·like, adjective

Definition for herb (2 of 2)

[ 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 forms of herb

herblike, adjective

Word Origin for herb

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

Other words from herb

herbaceous adjective (hûr-bāshəs, ûr-)
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