Definition of "herb" []

  • A plant whose stem does not produce woody, persistent tissue and generally dies back at the end of each growing season. (noun)
  • Any of various often aromatic plants used especially in medicine or as seasoning. (noun)
  • Slang Marijuana. (noun)
  • A seed-bearing plant whose aerial parts do not persist above ground at the end of the growing season; herbaceous plant (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any of various usually aromatic plants, such as parsley, rue, and rosemary, that are used in cookery and medicine (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "herb" in a sentence
  • "In the parlance of herbal medicine, the term herb applies to any plant or plant part that is used to make medicinal preparations."
  • "The word herb has usually been used to refer to any plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities."
  • "It's funny how "herb" is the last thing that comes to mind when I see the word "pot" ... and how it is the first thing that you think of on seeing the same word."