[ hur-bair-ee-uhm, 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.

Origin of herbarium

1770–80; <Late Latin, equivalent to Latin herb(a) herb, green vegetation + -ārium-arium

Other words from herbarium

  • her·bar·i·al, adjective

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use herbarium in a sentence

  • The herbariums of the Paris Museum contain no specimens of the cereals mentioned by Olivier.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants | Alphonse De Candolle
  • Here are botanists who love the growing things in the fields and woods better than the specimens in their herbariums.

    The Gentle Reader | Samuel McChord Crothers
  • I wonder if there is not a market for such collections in schools where no herbariums are made or kept.

  • Hence the advantage of being able to see plants at pleasure, by forming dried collections of them, in what are called herbariums.

    Flowers and Flower-Gardens | David Lester Richardson
  • Herbariums, though their classification is too frequently imperfect, may furnish us with data of great utility.

    Everyday Objects | W. H. Davenport Adams

British Dictionary definitions for herbarium


/ (hɜːˈbɛərɪəm) /

nounplural -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

Derived forms of herbarium

  • herbarial, adjective

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012