herb

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈhɜːrb/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/ɝb/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling'herb': (ûrb or, esp. Brit., hûrb); 'Herb': (hûrb)



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
herb /ɜrb/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Plant Biology[countable] a plant whose stem above ground does not become woody, esp. one valued for the medicine made from it, for its flavor, or for its scent.
her•ba•ceous /hɜrˈbeɪʃəs, ɜr-/USA pronunciation  adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
herb  (ûrb or, esp. Brit., hûrb),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Plant Biologya flowering plant whose stem above ground does not become woody.
  2. Plant Biologysuch a plant when valued for its medicinal properties, flavor, scent, or the like.
  3. Drugs, Slang TermsOften,  the herb. [Slang.]marijuana.
  4. [Archaic.]herbage.
  5. Idiomsgive it the herbs, [Australian Slang.]to use full power, esp. in accelerating a car.
herbless, adj. 
herblike′, adj. 
  • Latin herba
  • Old French erbe, herbe
  • Middle English herbe 1250–1300

Herb  (hûrb),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a male given name, form of  Herbert. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
herb /hɜːb; US: ɜːrb/ n
  1. a seed-bearing plant whose aerial parts do not persist above ground at the end of the growing season; herbaceous plant
  2. any of various usually aromatic plants, such as parsley, rue, and rosemary, that are used in cookery and medicine
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French herbe, from Latin herba grass, green plants

ˈherbˌlike adj
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