[hur-buh-list, ur-]

Origin of herbalist

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

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herbalist in Medicine


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