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herb

(ûrb, hûrb), name for any plant that is used medicinally or as a spice and for the useful product of such a plant. Herbs as condiments and seasonings are still important in culinary art; the use of medicinal herbs, however, has waned since the advent of prescription and synthetic medicines, although plants remain a major source of drugs. The term herb is also applied to all herbaceous plants as distinguished from woody plants.

Bibliography

See R. E. Clarkson, Herbs, their Culture and Uses (1966); G. B. Foster, Herbs for Every Garden (rev. ed. 1973); A. and C. Krochmal, A Guide to the Medicinal Plants of the United States (1974).

herb

[hərb]
(botany)
A seed plant that lacks a persistent, woody stem aboveground and dies at the end of the season.
An aromatic plant or plant part used medicinally or for food flavoring.

herb

1. a seed-bearing plant whose aerial parts do not persist above ground at the end of the growing season; herbaceous plant
2. 
a. any of various usually aromatic plants, such as parsley, rue, and rosemary, that are used in cookery and medicine
b. (as modifier): a herb garden
3. Caribbean a slang term for marijuana
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A physician is worth more than several other men put together, for he can cut out arrows and spread healing herbs.
He next gathered dry twigs and leaves and made a fire, upon which he threw certain drugs and dried herbs which he had brought in his basket.
I also dreamed that I might gather the wild herbs, or carry evergreens to such villagers as loved to be reminded of the woods, even to the city, by hay-cart loads.
Oh, Agafea Mihalovna," said Stepan Arkadyevitch, kissing the tips of his plump fingers, "what salt goose, what herb brandy
He was now known to be a man of skill; it was observed that he gathered herbs and the blossoms of wild-flowers, and dug up roots and plucked off twigs from the forest-trees like one acquainted with hidden virtues in what was valueless to common eyes.
He was quiet and attentive; watched the opening proceedings with a grave interest; and stood with his hands resting on the slab of wood before him, so composedly, that they had not displaced a leaf of the herbs with which it was strewn.
And where did Master Marner get his knowledge of herbs from--and charms too, if he liked to give them away?
I found the island to be all rocky, only a little intermingled with tufts of grass, and sweet-smelling herbs.
He was very learned in all languages, and knew a great deal about herbs and medicines.
The Turks of Suaquem have gardens on the firm land, not above a musket shot from the island, which supply them with many excellent herbs and fruits, of which I doubt whether there be not a greater quantity on this little spot than on the whole coast of Africa besides, from Melinda to Suez.
She also sold herbs, and rosemary tea, and rabbit-tobacco (which is what WE call lavender).
I do not say, Sancho," replied Don Quixote, "that it is imperative on knights-errant not to eat anything else but the fruits thou speakest of; only that their more usual diet must be those, and certain herbs they found in the fields which they knew and I know too.