• WordNet 3.6
    • n herb aromatic potherb used in cookery for its savory qualities
    • n herb a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bananas trees are not really trees. They are considered to be giant herb plants
    • Herb A plant whose stem does not become woody and permanent, but dies, at least down to the ground, after flowering.
    • Herb Grass; herbage. "And flocks
      Grazing the tender herb ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Banana plants are the largest plants on earth without a woody stem. They are actually giant herbs of the same family as lilies, orchids and palms.
    • n Herb A plant in which the stem does not become woody and persistent, but dies annually or after flowering down to the ground at least: thus distinguished from a shrub or tree, which has a woody stem or trunk.
    • n Herb Specifically A herbaceous plant used officinally.
    • n Herb That part of a vegetable which springs from the root and is terminated by the fructification, including the stem or stalk, the leaves, etc.
    • n Herb Synonyms Plant, Shrub, etc. See vegetable, n.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bananas are actually herbs. Bananas die after fruiting, like all herbs do.
    • n Herb hėrb a plant the stem of which dies every year, as distinguished from a tree or shrub which has a permanent stem
    • n Herb a book containing descriptions of plants with medicinal properties, orig. of all plants
    • v.t Herb to form plant-like figures in, as in minerals
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  • Mourning Dove
    Mourning Dove
    “Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission.”
  • Euripides
    “Of all things upon earth that bleed and grow, a herb most bruised is woman.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. herbe, erbe, OF. herbe, erbe, F. herbe, L. herba,; perh. akin to Gr. forbh` food, pasture, fe`rbein to feed


In literature:

But Jonas Field wants so much room, and there's my garden herbs.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Some queer mistakes were made through the employment of the herb as food.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
He either eats meat or he lives on herbs and fruits.
"Kari the Elephant" by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
We've had all the doctors, eclectic an' herb besides, an' they don't give her no hope.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
Rubbing the hive with herbs useless, 162.
"Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee" by L. L. Langstroth
Ulrica advises her to pluck a magic herb at midnight, which grows in the field where the criminals are executed.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
And the herb cured the wound, and the weasel that was bitten rose up and was sound and swift again.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
She's always steeping up herbs or spreading plasters for somebody.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various
She wondered what sort of herbs they were, which the old man was so sedulous to gather.
"The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
She was over ninety years old, and for more than fifty years she had peddled herbs in Altmuehltal.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann

In poetry:

I soothed and fed and tendered him
Sweet herbs and honey in a cup,
And led him in the twilight dim
To where a spring welled up.
"“She Wandered After Strange Gods…”" by Laura Benet
All the virtues of herbs and metals,
All the lore of the woods, he knew,
And the arts of the Old World mingle
With the marvels of the New.
"Cobbler Keezar's Vision" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Oh, gray and tender is the rain,
That drips, drips on the pane!
A hundred things come in the door,
The scent of herbs, the thought of yore.
"Oh, Gray And Tender Is The Rain" by Lizette Woodworth Reese
With flaming herbs were altars smoked
Sprinkled with blood and perfumed must,
And gods and goddesses invoked
To second love or sanction lust.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Awhile she pined for the magic herb,
Awhile for the spring that's young;
But since my sweetheart has sung to her
She holds a contented tongue.
"Cushy Cow" by Laura Benet
Who hath the vertue to expresse the rare
And curious vertues both of herbs and stones?
Is there a herb for that? O that thy care
Would show a root, that gives expressions!
"Providence" by George Herbert

In news:

Herbs used in meals for University House residents grow in 14 planter boxes on a patio near the dining hall at the Issaquah retirement center.
Growing Chives in the Herb Garden .
Growing Chives in Your Herb Garden .
Mother's Herb Garden : Parsley.
In 1977 Janet M Ward drew up a concept for the Anne Martinez McIntosh Memorial Herb Garden to be grown at the back of the Leffingwell House Museum.
Chakra 4 Herb & Tea House.
On Sunday, Sept 16, the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry (CCRM) will host Jacqueline Swift of Rainbow's End Herbs as part of its Local Farmers, Local Foods series.
Sharon Floyd, the bartender at Iris and a yoga instructor, is taking that sentiment literally and investigating the medicinal qualities of herbs used in cocktails.
Phytopharmacology refers to research on herbs as medicines.
An information site about medicinal plants, herbs, and spices used as alternative medicine in the Philippines.
Featured on site are the medicinal herbs that are certified by the Department of Health.
On Thursday, May 24th, we interviewed Cynthia King, an herbalist whose business is called The Herb Shed.
Prepara products include the herb saver, cookbook holder, trio peeler and garlic crusher.
Nick Adams / Courtesy BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater.
Herb Meyer, Luke Esser are guest speakers at Tea Party Hoe Down, Aug 22, 2-5 p.m.

In science:

This work is a continuation of my thesis pro ject. I would like to thank my former advisor Herb Clemens for suggesting the problem and method and his constant support on this work. I would also like to thank Aaron Bertram, Gavril Farkas and Joe Harris for generously sharing their ideas on this problem.
On the Generic vanishing of certain Koszul cohomology groups
Four strata of fine fuel layers were defined: shrubs, herbs and ferns, surface litter and upper duff.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
A survey of responses with special reference to clonal herbs.
Is planetary chaos related to evolutionary (phenotypic) rates?
Herb Sutter. A Fundamental Turn Toward Concurrency in Software.
The Multi-Core Era - Trends and Challenges
There’s something here to offend almost everyone. My New Age friends who support the teaching of evolution will be upset by the attack on their herbs.
Book review of SUPERSTITION by Robert Park