[ur-buh l, hur-]


of, relating to, or consisting of herbs.


a book about herbs or plants, usually describing their medicinal values.
a herbarium.

Origin of herbal

First recorded in 1510–20, herbal is from the Medieval Latin word herbālis of, belonging to grass or herbs. See herb, -al1
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Related Words for herbal

grassy, verdant, vegetal, vegetative

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of or relating to herbs, usually culinary or medicinal herbs
Australian informal interested or participating in activities relating to esoteric philosophies, traditional remedies, etc


a book describing and listing the properties of plants
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Word Origin and History for herbal

1610s, from Latin herbalis, from herba (see herb).

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