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herbal Syllabification: herb·al
Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)ərbəl/

Definition of herbal in English:


Relating to or made from herbs, especially those used in cooking and medicine: herbal remedies
More example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with herbal

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