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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'.

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