• WordNet 3.6
    • n potherb any of various herbaceous plants whose leaves or stems or flowers are cooked and used for food or seasoning
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Potherb any vegetable which is boiled and used as food
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. pot, from the Celt., as Ir. pota, Gael. poit, W. pot.


In literature:

On the day before she came in from the fields with a pick in her hand and a basketful of vegetables and potherbs for soup.
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Put the celery, onions and potherbs through the food chopper.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
These vegetables are, however, probably more widely known as potherbs or greens.
"Culinary Herbs: Their Cultivation Harvesting Curing and Uses" by M. G. Kains
We are told in the books that it is a potherb, an aromatic stimulant, even a remedy for toothache.
"The Call of the Wildflower" by Henry S. Salt
Cattle are fond of the herbage, and the plants are considered excellent as potherbs and for salads.
"The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits" by Mary Elizabeth Parsons
By good luck, Father Benet was walking at the moment of their arrival in his potherb garden.
"The Abbess Of Vlaye" by Stanley J. Weyman