[pot-urb, -hurb]


any herb prepared as food by cooking in a pot, as spinach, or added as seasoning in cookery, as thyme.

Origin of potherb

First recorded in 1530–40; pot1 + herb
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Examples from the Web for potherb

Historical Examples of potherb

  • We are told in the books that it is a potherb, an aromatic stimulant, even a remedy for toothache.

  • Chili plants and Cape gooseberries abounded, and many a potherb pleasant to behold and good in a curry.

  • It is grown in some parts for use as a potherb, and an aromatic oil is also obtained from the seeds.

    The Sea Shore

    William S. Furneaux

  • This plant was formerly cultivated as a potherb, and is now commonly found on waste ground near villages.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux

British Dictionary definitions for potherb



any plant having leaves, flowers, stems, etc, that are used in cooking for seasoning and flavouring or are eaten as a vegetable
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