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 (hûr-bâr′ē-əm, ûr-)
n. pl. her·bar·i·ums or her·bar·i·a (-ē-ə)
1. A collection of dried plants mounted, labeled, and systematically arranged for use in scientific study.
2. A place or institution where such a collection is kept.

[Late Latin herbārium, from Latin herbārius, one skilled in herbs, from Latin herba, herb, vegetation.]


n, pl -iums or -ia (-ɪə)
1. (Botany) a collection of dried plants that are mounted and classified systematically
2. (Botany) a building, room, etc, in which such a collection is kept
herˈbarial adj


(hɜrˈbɛər i əm, ɜr-)

n., pl. -bar•i•ums, -bar•i•a (-ˈbɛər i ə)
1. a collection of dried plants systematically arranged.
2. a room or building in which such a collection is kept.
[1770–80; < Late Latin, = Latin herb(a) herb + -ārium -arium]
her•bar′i•al, adj.


a collection of dried plants, assembled and arranged for botanical study.
See also: Botany


 a collection of dried plants or herbs, 1700.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.herbarium - a collection of dried plants that are mounted and systematically classified for study
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole


[hɜːˈbɛərɪəm] N (herbariums or herbaria (pl)) [hɜːˈbɛərɪə]herbario m


nHerbarium nt
References in classic literature ?
To a learned traveller this possibly may communicate some definite ideas: but who else from seeing a plant in an herbarium can imagine its appearance when growing in its native soil?
Live species preserved in herbariums risked being destroyed by decay and ants in India's tropical climate.
This volume presents 1,736 detailed profiles (60 percent more than in the first edition) of museums, galleries, libraries, planetariums, observatories, science centers, aquariums, botanical gardens, sculpture gardens, arboretums, herbariums, and other museum-like facilities located at 822 U.
Following John Muir's own writings, Gisel, an environmental historian, and Joseph, a professional photographer, compiled a list of plants thought to be collected by the famous naturalist and then located the actual specimens in herbariums around North America.
Mulford was often accompanied by his wife Racine who pressed and preserved the specimens for Lyman's analysis and, ultimately, for deposit with one of the herbariums.