[ pot-urb, -hurb ]
/ ˈpɒtˌɜrb, -ˌhɜrb /


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

  • 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
  • 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.

    The Taming of the Jungle|Dr. C. W. Doyle

British Dictionary definitions for potherb


/ (ˈpɒtˌhɜːb) /


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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