Definitions for: Herb


[n] aromatic potherb used in cookery for its savory qualities
[n]



Webster (1913) Definition: Herb (?; 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.

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

2. Grass; herbage.

And flocks Grazing the tender herb. --Milton.

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 ({G.
Robertianum}.)

Synonyms: herbaceous plant

See Also: amaranth, Amaranthus spinosus, American ginseng, angelica, Armoracia rusticana, aroid, arugula, arum, Asarum shuttleworthii, barilla, barrenwort, basil, bay leaf, Berteroa incana, bishop's hat, borage, buttercup, butterflower, Cakile maritima, Cape periwinkle, caraway, caryophyllaceous plant, Catharanthus roseus, cayenne jasmine, Celosia argentea, Celosia argentea cristata, Celosia cristata, chervil, chickweed, Chinese parsley, chives, cilantro, clammy chickweed, clammyweed, cleome, clover, cockscomb, comfrey, common cockscomb, common fennel, Coptis groenlandica, Coptis trifolia groenlandica, coral necklace, coriander, costmary, cottonweed, Crambe maritima, crowfoot, crucifer, cruciferous plant, Descurainia pinnata, dill, dill weed, Diplotaxis erucoides, Diplotaxis muralis, Diplotaxis tenuifolia, draba, drypis, Epimedium grandiflorum, Eranthis hyemalis, Eruca sativa, Eruca vesicaria sativa, estragon, false bugbane, false rue, false rue anemone, fennel, flavorer, flavoring, flavourer, flavouring, garden rocket, giant buttercup, ginseng, glasswort, globe flower, globeflower, goldcup, golden seal, golden thread, goldenseal, goldthread, goosefoot, halogeton, Halogeton glomeratus, Halogeton souda, healing herb, heartleaf, hepatica, hoary alison, hoary alyssum, horse radish, horseradish, Hydrastis Canadensis, hyssop, Illecebrum verticullatum, Indian lettuce, Isopyrum biternatum, kingcup, Laccopetalum giganteum, legume, leguminous plant, lemon balm, liverleaf, lovage, Madagascar periwinkle, marjoram, May apple, mayapple, mint, mouse ear, mouse eared chickweed, mouse-ear chickweed, New Zealand spinach, nin-sin, old maid, orach, orache, oregano, Panax ginseng, Panax pseudoginseng, Panax quinquefolius, Panax schinseng, parsley, periwinkle, Podophyllum peltatum, pokeweed, Polanisia dodecandra, Polanisia graveolens, purslane, red cole, red fox, red periwinkle, rock purslane, rocket, rocket salad, roquette, rose periwinkle, rosemary, rue, sage, Salicornia europaea, samphire, sang, savory, savoury, sea cole, sea kale, sea-rocket, seasoner, seasoning, spiderflower, stone cress, stonecress, sweet basil, sweet cicely, sweet woodruff, tansy mustard, tarragon, tea, tea leaf, Tetragonia expansa, Tetragonia tetragonioides, thorny amaranth, thyme, tracheophyte, Trautvetteria carolinensis, trefoil, turmeric root, vascular plant, vegetable, veggie, Vinca rosea, waldmeister, wall rocket, white rocket, wild ginger, wild mandrake, winter aconite, yellow root

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