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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Herb  \Herb\  (?;  277),  n.  [OE.  herbe,  erbe,  OF  herbe,  erbe,  F. 
  herbe,  L.  herba;  perh.  akin  to  Gr  forbh`  food,  pasture, 
  fe`rbein  to  feed.] 
  1.  A  plant  whose  stem  does  not  become  woody  and  permanent, 
  but  dies,  at  least  down  to  the  ground,  after  flowering. 
 
  Note:  Annual  herbs  live  but  one  season;  biennial  herbs  flower 
  the  second  season,  and  then  die;  perennial  herbs 
  produce  new  stems  year  after  year. 
 
  2.  Grass;  herbage. 
 
  And  flocks  Grazing  the  tender  herb.  --Milton. 
 
  {Herb  bennet}.  (Bot.)  See  {Bennet}. 
 
  {Herb  Christopher}  (Bot.),  an  herb  ({Act[ae]a  spicata}), 
  whose  root  is  used  in  nervous  diseases;  the  baneberry.  The 
  name  is  occasionally  given  to  other  plants,  as  the  royal 
  fern,  the  wood  betony,  etc 
 
  {Herb  Gerard}  (Bot.),  the  goutweed;  --  so  called  in  honor  of 
  St  Gerard,  who  used  to  be  invoked  against  the  gout.  --Dr. 
  Prior. 
 
  {Herb  grace},  or  {Herb  of  grace}.  (Bot.)  See  {Rue}. 
 
  {Herb  Margaret}  (Bot.),  the  daisy.  See  {Marguerite}. 
 
  {Herb  Paris}  (Bot.),  an  Old  World  plant  related  to  the 
  trillium  ({Paris  quadrifolia}),  commonly  reputed 
  poisonous. 
 
  {Herb  Robert}  (Bot.),  a  species  of  {Geranium}  ({G. 
  Robertianum}.) 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  herb 
  n  1:  a  plant  lacking  a  permanent  woody  stem;  many  are  flowering 
  garden  plants  or  potherbs;  some  having  medicinal 
  properties;  some  are  pests  [syn:  {herbaceous  plant}] 
  2:  aromatic  potherb  used  in  cookery  for  its  savory  qualities 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Herb 
  (1.)  Heb.  'eseb,  any  green  plant;  herbage  (Gen.  1:11,  12,  29, 
  30;  2:5;  3:18,  etc.);  comprehending  vegetables  and  all  green 
  herbage  (Amos  7:1,  2). 
 
  (2.)  _Yarak_,  green;  any  green  thing  foliage  of  trees  (2 
  Kings  19:26;  Ps  37:2);  a  plant;  herb  (Deut.  11:10). 
 
  (3.)  _Or_,  meaning  light"  In  Isa.  26:19  it  means  "green 
  herbs;"  in  2  Kings  4:39  probably  the  fruit  of  some  plant. 
 
  (4.)  _Merorim_,  plural,  "bitter  herbs,"  eaten  by  the 
  Israelites  at  the  Passover  (Ex.  12:8;  Num.  9:11).  They  were 
  bitter  plants  of  various  sorts,  and  referred  symbolically  to  the 
  oppression  in  Egypt. 
 




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