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herbal

[ur-buh l, hur-] /ˈɜr bəl, ˈhɜr-/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or consisting of herbs.
noun
2.
a book about herbs or plants, usually describing their medicinal values.
3.
a herbarium.
Origin of herbal
1510-1520
1510-20; < Medieval Latin herbālis of, belonging to grass or herbs. See herb, -al1
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  • Another attractive feature of this herbal is the preservation in its pages of many old English names of plants.

    The Old English Herbals Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
  • No preparation of any chemical, herbal, or other sort was applied to the Europeans, at least.

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • Under “gourd” Gerard gives a use of this herb which, though popular, is not to be found in any other English herbal.

    The Old English Herbals Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
  • There are said to be 870 figures in Lytes herbal, of which about thirty are new.

  • This herbal is the first in which copper-plate etchings were used as illustrations.

    The Old English Herbals Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
British Dictionary definitions for herbal

herbal

/ˈhɜːbəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to herbs, usually culinary or medicinal herbs
2.
(Austral, informal) interested or participating in activities relating to esoteric philosophies, traditional remedies, etc
noun
3.
a book describing and listing the properties of plants
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Word Origin and History for herbal
adj.

1610s, from Latin herbalis, from herba (see herb).

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