Definition of “herb” - English Dictionary

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“herb” in British English

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herbnoun [ C ]

uk /hɜːb/ us /ɝːb/

B1 a type of plant whose leaves are used in cooking to give flavour to particular dishes or in making medicine:

dried/fresh herbs
Basil, oregano, thyme, and rosemary are all herbs.
A large range of herbs and spices are used in South Asian cooking.

More examples

  • Chop the herbs very finely.
  • Add a little salt to bring out the flavour of the herbs.
  • Liven up your meals with fresh herbs and spices.
  • Mash the potatoes and then mix in the butter and herbs.
  • We value herbs for their taste, but we forget that they also have medicinal properties.

(Definition of “herb” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“herb” in American English

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herbnoun [ C ]

us /ɜrb, hɜrb/

a type of plant with a soft stem, used in cooking and medicine

(Definition of “herb” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)