noun (plural horti sicci /ˈhôrtī ˈsikī/ /ˈsikē/)
An arranged collection of dried plants; a herbarium.
- 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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