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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
herb
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a bunch of herbs/parsley/thyme etc
▪ You might like to add a bunch of fresh herbs to the stock.
a vegetable/herb garden (=where vegetables/herbs are grown)
▪ Rows of lettuces had been sown in the vegetable garden.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
aromatic
▪ The highly aromatic herb Moxa is sometimes used.
▪ Sage: A strongly aromatic herb with a mildly resinous flavor, sage has a particular affinity for game birds.
▪ The monks of old began a tradition of growing aromatic herbs which still survives.
▪ Tarragon: Another strongly aromatic herb, tarragon has a hint of licorice and a subtle tang.
chopped
▪ Sprinkle with chopped herbs and serve at once.
▪ Scatter the freshly chopped herbs over the tomatoes and lightly season with salt and black pepper. 3.
▪ Remove the coriander stalks and serve hot, warm or cool, scattered with chopped herbs.
▪ Sprinkle the filled buns with chopped herbs or lumpfish caviar as appropriate.
▪ The dish is then sprinkled with chopped fresh herbs such as tarragon.
▪ Add the cream a little at a time and finally add the freshly chopped herbs. 2.
▪ Mash with lime juice, a pinch of chilli powder, chopped herbs and seasoning for guacamole.
dried
▪ We sell dried flowers and herbs by the bunch and a large range of baskets.
▪ The smell of dried herbs rose up from the bedclothes.
▪ From these smoke-blackened beams Agnes Poley had hung her sides of bacon, her bundles of dried herbs.
fresh
▪ Serve warm swirled with soured cream and garnished with fresh herbs.
▪ In a small bowl, combine the garlic, fresh herbs, salt and pepper and olive oil.
▪ Serve cold, garnished with fresh herbs.
▪ We also like to use large bunches of basil and other fresh herbs, which impart a unique flavor of their own.
▪ He was now holding long stalks of fresh herbs which he dipped into the Holy Water.
▪ I try to keep fresh herbs growing in my home all winter long.
▪ The dish is then sprinkled with chopped fresh herbs such as tarragon.
▪ I have a great weakness for fresh herbs and love the scent of basil and tarragon.
medicinal
▪ Used as medicinal herb, especially as a blood-purifier.
▪ Used as a medicinal herb in Sri Lanka.
▪ This species is used as a medicinal herb in the East.
mixed
▪ Baste occasionally during cooking. 3 Meanwhile, mix together the mustard, olive oil, cream and mixed herbs.
▪ Add the nuts, tomatoes, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper, mixed herbs and chilli.
wild
▪ The tang of some wild herb hung in the air: rosemary perhaps.
▪ But that also means that wild flowers and herbs get cut before they have a chance to flower and propagate.
■ NOUN
garden
▪ Cliff is the cook, and loves the job, especially as he can use produce from the greenhouse and herb garden.
▪ Together they cultivate an herb garden with rosemary, basil and lavender.
▪ A Mint, in its variegated varieties, makes a colourful addition to flower borders as well as herb gardens.
▪ Over there is our herb garden, and here are some fruit trees, from which we are cultivating a new strain.
▪ Dalgliesh could glimpse what was obviously her herb garden planted in elegant terracotta pots carefully disposed to catch the sun.
▪ It has pretty herbaceous borders and an attractive paved herb garden, where on fine mornings breakfast is served.
▪ Our herb garden was designed, sown and planted by 10 and 11-year olds and has given pleasure to many people.
▪ We are very proud of our herb garden, and feel that every school should have one.
tea
▪ I no longer drank black coffee nor smoked, so I could only chew my almonds and sip my herb tea.
▪ When the children were ill, she dosed them with herb teas that she brewed herself.
▪ Another, even better, choice is a herb tea such as peppermint, camomile, fennel or verbena.
▪ Where the pharmacist reigned, there is now a gift section selling herb teas and crafts.
▪ If only she drank something other than herb tea.
▪ The drink, of course, was a choice between herb tea, apple juice or straight spring water.
▪ Dhani drank water followed by herb tea.
■ VERB
add
▪ Pour over wine, lemon juice and chilli sauce. Add herbs, salt and pepper.
▪ When the mixture bubbles, add the garlic, herbs, and olive oil.
▪ Reduce heat and add garlic, herbs and wine, then stir.
▪ If your food tastes bland at first, add flavour with herbs and spices, particularly garlic.
▪ Tip M &038; S tomato and herb soup from tins to saucepan and add own herbs to point of lunacy.
▪ There were other things he added herbs sent to him from friends on the Plantations, and other, special things.
Add the cream a little at a time and finally add the freshly chopped herbs. 2.
chop
▪ Wash and chop the fresh herbs.
▪ Add the chopped herbs, stir and remove from heat.
dry
▪ Collect and dry your own herbs in summer for use during the winter months.
▪ In fact, certain dried herbs, such as oregano, often have more flavor and aroma than their fresh counterparts.
▪ Add the onion, mushrooms and dried herbs.
grow
▪ A cartwheel is one of my favourite ways to grow herbs.
▪ You can even grow herbs in containers throughout the winter.
▪ The chef makes tasty bread rolls and grows his own herbs.
mix
▪ Stir in the breadcrumbs and mixed herbs and season lightly.
▪ Top with the cottage cheese, and sprinkle the mixed herbs on top.
▪ Sprinkle a few mixed herbs over and cover with the remaining potato slices.
▪ Arrange the potatoes on top and sprinkle the mixed herbs and crushed cardamom over the top.
▪ Season well. 2 Mix the herbs into the softened butter and rub all over the lamb.
use
▪ The book provides wonderful inspiration for gifts as well as practical household tips for using flowers and herbs in your own home.
▪ For thousands of years, some cultures have used plants and herbs believed to have healing properties or to alter consciousness.
▪ Add flavour to your meals by using more herbs, spices and garlic.
▪ This species is used as a medicinal herb in the East.
▪ Your design can be created, using bricks and stones to make interesting shapes or by using herbs alone.
▪ If you use fresh herbs, generally you will need three times as much.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Many people think of herbs primarily as something you; find in a small tin rather than in the backyard garden..
▪ Oregano is a pungent herb, overpowering if used alone.
▪ The Physic Garden is planted with examples of herbs used in Medieval times for medicinal purposes.
▪ The rushes on the floor were clean and sprinkled with herbs.
▪ This area ranges from almost full sun, beyond the herb bed, to deep shade adjoining the house.
▪ This is an astonishingly fine wine with great concentration and wonderful flavors of black cherry, chocolate, black raspberry and herbs.
▪ We also like to use large bunches of basil and other fresh herbs, which impart a unique flavor of their own.
▪ You should see some impressive herb robert growing on the back between the river and road.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Herb

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.

    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 ( Geranium Robertianum.)

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
herb

c.1300, erbe "non-woody plant," from Old French erbe "grass, herb, plant" (12c.), from Latin herba "grass, an herb, herbage, turf." Refashioned after Latin since 15c., but the h- was mute until 19c. Slang meaning "marijuana" is attested from 1960s.

Wiktionary
herb

n. 1 Any green, leafy plant, or parts thereof, used to flavor or season food. 2 plant whose roots, leaves or seeds, etc. are used in medicine. 3 (context slang euphemistic English) marijuana. 4 (context botany English) A plant whose stem is not woody and does not persist beyond each growing season 5 (context obsolete English) grass; herbage.

WordNet
herb
  1. n. a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests [syn: herbaceous plant]

  2. aromatic potherb used in cookery for its savory qualities

Wikipedia
Herb (disambiguation)

A/an herb is a plant used for flavoring or medicine.

Herb may also refer to:

People:

  • Herb (given name), a personal name, usually a short form of Herbert
  • Herb (surname), a family name

Other uses:

  • A slang term for Marijuana
  • Typhoon Herb, the strongest and the largest storm of 1996
  • Herb (film), a 2007 South Korean movie
  • In Polish heraldry, a coat of arms

Herbs may refer to:

  • Herbs (band), a New Zealand reggae group
  • The Herbs, a television show
Herb (film)

Herb is a 2007 South Korean film, directed by Heo In-moo. Kang Hye-jung stars in the lead role as a 20-year-old woman with the mental and emotional skills of a seven-year-old, who falls in love with a policeman she sees as her Prince Charming, but must face tragedy when she is forced to deal with certain realities about herself and those around her.

Herb

In general use, herbs are any plants used for food, flavoring, medicine, or fragrances for their savory or aromatic properties. Culinary use typically distinguishes herbs from spices. Herbs refer to the leafy green or flowering parts of a plant (either fresh or dried), while spices are produced from other parts of the plant (usually dried), including seeds, berries, bark, roots and fruits.

In botanical English, the word "herb" is also used as a synonym of " herbaceous plant".

Herbs have a variety of uses including culinary, medicinal, and in some cases, spiritual. General usage of the term "herb" differs between culinary herbs and medicinal herbs. In medicinal or spiritual use any of the parts of the plant might be considered "herbs", including leaves, roots, flowers, seeds, root bark, inner bark (and cambium), resin and pericarp.

The word "herb" is pronounced in the UK, but is common among North American speakers and those from other regions where h-dropping occurs.

Herb (given name)

Herb is a given name that is usually a shortened form of Herbert.

Herb (surname)

Herb is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Bryan Herb (born 1973), American travel expert
  • Charles A. Herb (1844-1895), American politician and businessman
  • Jon Herb (born 1970), American race car driver
  • Michael Herb, American political scientist
  • Raymond Herb (1908–1996), American nuclear physicist

Usage examples of "herb".

Cover with salted and acidulated water, add a bunch of parsley, a sliced onion, and a pinch of powdered sweet herbs.

Scale and clean two large kingfish, and boil in salted and acidulated water, with a bunch of parsley, a slice each of carrot and onion, and a pinch of powdered sweet herbs.

With the acrid juice of this herb, and of others belonging to the same Ranunculous order, beggars in England used to produce sores about their body for the sake of exciting pity, and getting alms.

Whatever she was going to do with it she must do it straightaway because she had to gather the herbs and then get home afore her da got back.

The Agrimony is a Simple well known to all country folk, and abundant throughout England in the fields and woods, as a popular domestic medicinal herb.

It was so similar to agrimony that she thought of it as a variation of that herb -- but one of the other medicine women at the Clan Gathering had called it boneset, and used it for that purpose.

The smell of the dream-inducing herbs she had brought in, cinquefoil, agrimony, angelica, and star anise, was beginning to make her head swim.

Seregil inhaled the familiar morning smells of the tower as he and Alec headed up to the workroom the next morning- the mingled incense of parchment, candle smoke, and herbs overlaid with the more immediate aromas of breakfast.

Freyja was in the sacred woods gathering herbs, and Anomia, who could have done something to stop it, stood in her doorway, laughing and deriving obvious pleasure from seeing the men pounding one another.

Suriya was ready to send Aris and Pir out to collect the early summer herbs in the fields far from the city, Gird had decided that the two should live away from the palace, in or near their granges.

The air was hot and stifling, her hair and bedgown were absolutely plastered to her with sweat, and someone was burning some vile herb in the fireplace.

Delicate, beautiful crimson bergamot like burst pincushions in the herb bed.

Of the rest of the habitations, a few are stone sheds, but the greater part are huts made of the dry stalks of the fine herb called bou rekabah, in the form of a conical English haystack, and are very snug, impervious alike to rain and sun.

Also, the thievish herb, when bruised and applied externally to scrofulous tumours, is an excellent remedy.

A decoction of the leaves and flowers was given internally, and the bruised herb blended with lard was applied outside.