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Herb vs. Plant

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Herbnoun

(countable) Any green, leafy plant, or parts thereof, used to flavour or season food.

Plantnoun

(botany) An organism that is not an animal, especially an organism capable of photosynthesis. Typically a small or herbaceous organism of this kind, rather than a tree.

‘The garden had a couple of trees, and a cluster of colourful plants around the border.’;

Herbnoun

(countable) A plant whose roots, leaves or seeds, etc. are used in medicine.

‘If any medicinal herbs used by witches were supposedly evil, then how come people from at least the past benefited from the healing properties of such herbs?’;

Plantnoun

(botany) An organism of the kingdom Plantae; now specifically, a living organism of the Embryophyta (land plants) or of the Chlorophyta (green algae), a eukaryote that includes double-membraned chloroplasts in its cells containing chlorophyll a and b, or any organism closely related to such an organism.

Herbnoun

Marijuana.

Plantnoun

(ecology) Now specifically, a multicellular eukaryote that includes chloroplasts in its cells, which have a cell wall.

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Herbnoun

A plant whose stem is not woody and does not persist beyond each growing season

Plantnoun

Any creature that grows on soil or similar surfaces, including plants and fungi.

Herbnoun

Grass; herbage.

Plantnoun

A factory or other industrial or institutional building or facility.

Herbnoun

A plant whose stem does not become woody and permanent, but dies, at least down to the ground, after flowering.

Plantnoun

An object placed surreptitiously in order to cause suspicion to fall upon a person.

‘That gun's not mine! It's a plant! I've never seen it before!’;

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Herbnoun

Grass; herbage.

‘And flocksGrazing the tender herb.’;

Plantnoun

Anyone assigned to behave as a member of the public during a covert operation (as in a police investigation).

Herbnoun

a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests

Plantnoun

A person, placed amongst an audience, whose role is to cause confusion, laughter etc.

Herbnoun

aromatic potherb used in cookery for its savory qualities

Plantnoun

(snooker) A play in which the cue ball knocks one (usually red) ball onto another, in order to pot the second; a set.

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Herb

In general use, herbs are a widely distributed and widespread group of plants with savory or aromatic properties that are used for flavoring and garnishing food, for medicinal purposes, or for fragrances; excluding vegetables and other plants consumed for macronutrients. Culinary use typically distinguishes herbs from spices.

Plantnoun

(uncountable) Machinery, such as the kind used in earthmoving or construction.

Plantnoun

(obsolete) A young tree; a sapling; hence, a stick or staff.

Plantnoun

(obsolete) The sole of the foot.

Plantnoun

A plan; a swindle; a trick.

Plantnoun

An oyster which has been bedded, in distinction from one of natural growth.

Plantnoun

A young oyster suitable for transplanting.

Plantverb

(transitive) To place (a seed or plant) in soil or other substrate in order that it may live and grow.

Plantverb

(transitive) To place (an object, or sometimes a person), often with the implication of intending deceit.

‘That gun's not mine! It was planted there by the real murderer!’;

Plantverb

(transitive) To place or set something firmly or with conviction.

‘Plant your feet firmly and give the rope a good tug.’; ‘to plant cannon against a fort; to plant a flag; to plant one's feet on solid ground’;

Plantverb

To place in the ground.

Plantverb

To furnish or supply with plants.

‘to plant a garden, an orchard, or a forest’;

Plantverb

To engender; to generate; to set the germ of.

Plantverb

To furnish with a fixed and organized population; to settle; to establish.

‘to plant a colony’;

Plantverb

To introduce and establish the principles or seeds of.

‘to plant Christianity among the heathen’;

Plantverb

To set up; to install; to instate.

Plantnoun

A vegetable; an organized living being, generally without feeling and voluntary motion, and having, when complete, a root, stem, and leaves, though consisting sometimes only of a single leafy expansion, or a series of cellules, or even a single cellule.

Plantnoun

A bush, or young tree; a sapling; hence, a stick or staff.

Plantnoun

The sole of the foot.

Plantnoun

The whole machinery and apparatus employed in carrying on a trade or mechanical business; also, sometimes including real estate, and whatever represents investment of capital in the means of carrying on a business, but not including material worked upon or finished products; as, the plant of a foundry, a mill, or a railroad.

Plantnoun

A plan; an artifice; a swindle; a trick.

‘It was n't a bad plant, that of mine, on Fikey.’;

Plantnoun

An oyster which has been bedded, in distinction from one of natural growth.

Plantverb

To put in the ground and cover, as seed for growth; as, to plant maize.

Plantverb

To set in the ground for growth, as a young tree, or a vegetable with roots.

‘Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees.’;

Plantverb

To furnish, or fit out, with plants; as, to plant a garden, an orchard, or a forest.

Plantverb

To engender; to generate; to set the germ of.

‘It engenders choler, planteth anger.’;

Plantverb

To furnish with a fixed and organized population; to settle; to establish; as, to plant a colony.

‘Planting of countries like planting of woods.’;

Plantverb

To introduce and establish the principles or seeds of; as, to plant Christianity among the heathen.

Plantverb

To set firmly; to fix; to set and direct, or point; as, to plant cannon against a fort; to plant a standard in any place; to plant one's feet on solid ground; to plant one's fist in another's face.

Plantverb

To set up; to install; to instate.

‘We will plant some other in the throne.’;

Plantverb

To perform the act of planting.

‘I have planted; Apollos watered.’;

Plantnoun

buildings for carrying on industrial labor;

‘they built a large plant to manufacture automobiles’;

Plantnoun

a living organism lacking the power of locomotion

Plantnoun

something planted secretly for discovery by another;

‘the police used a plant to trick the thieves’; ‘he claimed that the evidence against him was a plant’;

Plantnoun

an actor situated in the audience whose acting is rehearsed but seems spontaneous to the audience

Plantverb

put or set (seeds or seedlings) into the ground;

‘Let's plant flowers in the garden’;

Plantverb

fix or set securely or deeply;

‘He planted a knee in the back of his opponent’; ‘The dentist implanted a tooth in the gum’;

Plantverb

set up or lay the groundwork for;

‘establish a new department’;

Plantverb

place into a river;

‘plant fish’;

Plantverb

place something or someone in a certain position in order to secretly observe or deceive;

‘Plant a spy in Moscow’; ‘plant bugs in the dissident's apartment’;

Plantverb

put firmly in the mind;

‘Plant a thought in the students' minds’;

Plantnoun

a living organism of the kind exemplified by trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses, ferns, and mosses, typically growing in a permanent site, absorbing water and inorganic substances through its roots, and synthesizing nutrients in its leaves by photosynthesis using the green pigment chlorophyll.

Plantnoun

a small plant, as distinct from a shrub or tree

‘garden plants’;

Plantnoun

a place where an industrial or manufacturing process takes place

‘a giant car plant’;

Plantnoun

machinery used in an industrial or manufacturing process

‘inadequate investment in new plant’;

Plantnoun

a person placed in a group as a spy or informer

‘we thought he was a CIA plant spreading disinformation’;

Plantnoun

a thing put among someone's belongings to incriminate or compromise them.

Plantnoun

a shot in which the cue ball is made to strike one of two touching or nearly touching balls with the result that the second is potted.

Plantverb

put (a seed, bulb, or plant) in the ground so that it can grow

‘we planted a lot of fruit trees’;

Plantverb

cover or supply (an area of land) with plants

‘the garden is planted with herbs’;

Plantverb

place a plant in the ground out of doors so it can grow, especially after growing it from seed in an indoor environment

‘the foxgloves are grown from seed and planted out in the autumn’;

Plantverb

bury (someone)

‘it was raining when we planted him’;

Plantverb

set or place in a particular position

‘she planted a kiss on his cheek’; ‘he planted himself squarely in front of her’;

Plantverb

establish (an idea) in someone's mind

‘the seed of doubt is planted in his mind’;

Plantverb

secretly place (a bomb that is set to go off at a later time)

‘several incendiary devices were planted in stores’;

Plantverb

put or hide (something) among someone's belongings to compromise or incriminate the owner

‘they claimed that the drugs had been planted on them by police’;

Plantverb

send (someone) to join a group or organization to act as a spy or informer

‘he managed to plant an agent in his war council’;

Plantverb

found or establish (a colony, city, or community)

‘he was commissioned to plant the order in England’;

Plantverb

deposit (young fish, spawn, oysters, etc.) in a river or lake.

Plant

Plants are mainly multicellular organisms, predominantly photosynthetic eukaryotes of the kingdom Plantae. Historically, plants were treated as one of two kingdoms including all living things that were not animals, and all algae and fungi were treated as plants.

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