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[hur-bair-ee-uh m, ur-]
noun, plural her·bar·i·ums, her·bar·i·a [hur-bair-ee-uh] /hɜrˈbɛər i ə/.
  1. a collection of dried plants systematically arranged.
  2. a room or building in which such a collection is kept.
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Origin of herbarium

1770–80; < Late Latin, equivalent to Latin herb(a) herb, green vegetation + -ārium -arium
Related formsher·bar·i·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for herbarium

Historical Examples of herbarium

  • Natural history is not to him an affair of the herbarium or the cabinet.

    Darwin, and After Darwin (Vol. 1 and 3, of 3)

    George John Romanes

  • You do not wonder that China is today more like an herbarium than anything else.

  • He wanted to show his herbarium, but the other said, "Let us go now."

    The Son of a Servant

    August Strindberg

  • His little brother then came in and wanted to play with his herbarium.

    The Son of a Servant

    August Strindberg

  • A herbarium is not a flower, it is a collection of dried flowers and plants.

    Nursery Comedies

    Lady Florence Eveleen Eleanore Bell

British Dictionary definitions for herbarium


noun plural -iums or -ia (-ɪə)
  1. a collection of dried plants that are mounted and classified systematically
  2. a building, room, etc, in which such a collection is kept
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Derived Formsherbarial, adjective
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