Definition of herbal in English:


Line breaks: herb¦al
Pronunciation: /ˈhəːb(ə)l


  • Relating to or made from herbs, especially those used in cooking and medicine: herbal remedies
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    • Some traditional medical practitioners use herbal medicines and set broken bones.
    • Do no take this herb or other herbal remedies without first speaking to your health provider.
    • Trials of many Chinese herbal medicines for the treatment of HIV infection and cancer are currently under way.


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  • A book that describes herbs and their culinary and medicinal properties.
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    • Varro E. Tyler became dismayed by the proliferation of ‘inaccurate and deceptive information’ and wrote the first edition of The Honest Herbal in 1982 for the general public.
    • Hitherto, evidence of the crops grown in medieval times has come from the analysis of charred and waterlogged remains from excavations, occasional herbarium specimens, descriptions in herbals and botanical inference.
    • Modern herbals give it no medicinal value, but traditionally it was valued for healing wounds.



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  • All menstrual irregularities should be treated herbally for at least three months to accommodate the alternating between the right and left ovary.
  • While the 1999 introduction of Ben & Jerry's herbally-enhanced Smoothies line was reportedly less than successful, the company has not given up on good-for-you products.
  • Further, we argued that the species that comprised an herbally based ethnomedical system must be commonly known, widely available, and easily accessible if such a system is to continue to function effectively.


early 16th century (as a noun): from medieval Latin herbalis (adjective), from Latin herba 'grass, herb'.

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