Herb

Herb

(rb or hrb; 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.
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Annual herbs live but one season; biennial herbs flower the second season, and then die; perennial herbs produce new stems year after year.
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2. Grass; herbage.
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And flocks
Grazing the tender herb.
Milton.
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Herb bennet. (Bot.) See Bennet. -- Herb Christopher (Bot.), an herb (Acta 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 (Geranium Robertianum.)
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