Definition of hortus siccus in English:

hortus siccus

Syllabification: hor·tus sic·cus
Pronunciation: /ˈhôrtəs ˈsikəs

noun (plural horti sicci /ˈhôrtī ˈsikī, ˈsikē/)

  • An arranged collection of dried plants; a herbarium.
    More 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'.

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