Share this entry
hortus siccus Syllabification: hor·tus sic·cus
Pronunciation: /ˌhôrdəs ˈsikəs/

Definition of hortus siccus in English:

noun (plural horti sicciˈhôrtī ˈsikīˈsikē)

An arranged collection of dried plants; a herbarium.
Example sentences
  • Each hortus siccus she sent was remarkable for the precision both of mounting and description.
  • My business was to collect specimens as for a hortus siccus; not to cull flowers as for an anthology.
  • Although still young, he has evinced powers of a nature very unusual in men whose lives, like his own, have been mainly devoted to the hortus siccus of classical erudition.


Late 17th century: Latin, literally 'dry garden'.

Definition of hortus siccus in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources