Herb Robert
Herb Herb ([~e]rb or h[~e]rb; 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. [1913 Webster]

Note: Annual herbs live but one season; biennial herbs flower the second season, and then die; perennial herbs produce new stems year after year. [1913 Webster]

2. Grass; herbage. [1913 Webster]

And flocks Grazing the tender herb. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{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} ({Geranium Robertianum}.) [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • herb Robert — n. [ME herbe robert < ML herba Roberti: so named ? after Robert, Duke of Normandy or ? after St. Robert, founder of the Carthusians] a weedy geranium (Geranium robertianum) with strong scented compound leaves and purple to pink flowers …   English World dictionary

  • herb-Robert — raudonstiebis snaputis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Snaputinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Geranium robertianum), paplitęs Europoje, šiaurės Afrikoje ir vakarų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Geranium robertianum angl. herb… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • herb Robert — herb′ Rob′ert n. pl. herbs Robert pln a wild geranium, Geranium robertianum, having fernlike, scented leaves and reddish purple flowers • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME < ML herba Robertī Robert s herb …   From formal English to slang

  • herb robert — noun a sticky low herb with small reddish purple flowers; widespread in the northern hemisphere • Syn: ↑herbs robert, ↑herb roberts, ↑Geranium robertianum • Hypernyms: ↑cranesbill, ↑crane s bill …   Useful english dictionary

  • herb Robert — pl. herbs Robert. a wild geranium, Geranium robertianum, having fernlike, scented leaves and reddish purple flowers. Also called red shanks. [1250 1300; ME < ML herba Roberti Robert s herb] * * * …   Universalium

  • herb Robert — noun a common cranesbill with pungent smelling red stemmed leaves and pink flowers. [Geranium robertianum.] Origin ME: translating med. L. herba Roberti, variously supposed to refer to Robert Duke of Normandy, St Robert, or St Rupert …   English new terms dictionary

  • herb Robert — /hɜb ˈrɒbət/ (say herb robuht) noun a species of geranium, Geranium robertianum, with reddish purple flowers …   Australian English dictionary

  • herb Robert — noun Etymology: Medieval Latin herba Roberti, probably from Robertus (Saint Robert) died 1067 French ecclesiastic Date: 13th century a low annual or biennial geranium (Geranium robertianum) with small reddish purple flowers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • herb-robert — n. Stinking crane s bill (Geranium robertianum) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Herb — ([ e]rb or h[ e]rb; 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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