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Definition of HERB

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Herb \Herb\ ([~e]rb or h[~e]rb; 277), n. [OE. herbe, erbe, OF. herbe, erbe, F. herbe, L. herba; perh. akin to Gr. forbh` food, pasture, fe`rbein to feed.]
     1. A plant whose stem does not become woody and permanent, but dies, at least down to the ground, after flowering. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Annual herbs live but one season; biennial herbs flower the second season, and then die; perennial herbs produce new stems year after year. [1913 Webster]

     2. Grass; herbage.
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              And flocks
              Grazing the tender herb.              --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     {Herb bennet}. (Bot.) See {Bennet}.

     {Herb Christopher} (Bot.), an herb ({Act[ae]a spicata}), whose root is used in nervous diseases; the baneberry. The name is occasionally given to other plants, as the royal fern, the wood betony, etc.

     {Herb Gerard} (Bot.), the goutweed; -- so called in honor of St. Gerard, who used to be invoked against the gout. --Dr. Prior.

     {Herb grace}, or {Herb of grace}. (Bot.) See {Rue}.

     {Herb Margaret} (Bot.), the daisy. See {Marguerite}.

     {Herb Paris} (Bot.), an Old World plant related to the trillium ({Paris quadrifolia}), commonly reputed poisonous.

     {Herb Robert} (Bot.), a species of {Geranium} ({Geranium Robertianum}.) [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

140 Moby Thesaurus words for "herb":
     Cretan dittany, algae, angelica, autophyte, balm, balsam, basil, bean, belladonna, boneset, borage, bracken, brown algae, burning bush, calendula, caraway, cardamom, castor-oil plant, chervil, chicory, climber, clover, conferva, confervoid, coriander, creeper, deadly nightshade, death camas, diatom, dill, dittany, drops, drug, electuary, elixir, ethical drug, fennel, fern, feverroot, figwort, fruits and vegetables, fucus, fungus, gas plant, generic name, ginseng, grapevine, green algae, gulfweed, hemp, henbane, herbs, heterophyte, horehound, hyssop, inhalant, ivy, kelp, legume, lentil, liana, lichen, lincture, linctus, liverwort, mandrake, marijuana, marjoram, materia medica, mayapple, medicament, medication, medicinal, medicinal herbs, medicine, mint, mixture, mold, monkshood, moss, mullein, mushroom, mustard, nonprescription drug, officinal, oregano, origanum, parasite, parasitic plant, parsley, patent medicine, pea, peppermint, perthophyte, pharmacon, physic, phytoplankton, planktonic algae, plant families, powder, preparation, prescription drug, proprietary, proprietary medicine, proprietary name, puffball, pulse, red algae, rockweed, rosemary, rue, rust, sage, saprophyte, sargasso, sargassum, savory, sea lentil, sea moss, sea wrack, seaweed, simples, smut, sorrel, spearmint, succulent, sweet woodruff, syrup, tansy, tarragon, theraputant, thyme, tisane, toadstool, tobacco, vegetable remedies, vetch, vine, wort, wrack


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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