|herb (hɜːb, US ɜːrb)|
|1.||a seed-bearing plant whose aerial parts do not persist above ground at the end of the growing season; herbaceous plant|
|2.||a. any of various usually aromatic plants, such as parsley, rue, and rosemary, that are used in cookery and medicine|
|b. (as modifier): a herb garden|
|3.||(Caribbean) a slang term for marijuana|
|[C13: from Old French herbe, from Latin herba grass, green plants]|
|herb (ûrb) Pronunciation Key
A flowering plant whose stem does not produce woody tissue and generally dies back at the end of each growing season. Both grasses and forbs are herbs.
herbaceous adjective (hûr-bā'shəs, ûr-)
(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.