Definition of herbarium in English:



  • 1A systematically arranged collection of dried plants.

    • ‘Sometimes a species has gone extinct in the wild, but seeds or even living specimens remain in herbaria and botanical gardens.’
    • ‘Clicking on this number will bring up all information the herbaria have for a particular specimen, but please note that only the herbaria's California collection is currently web accessible.’
    • ‘The 1996-97 budget of the civic body proposed to set up a herbarium of medicinal plants but the project has remained on paper.’
    • ‘All materials examined are deposited at the spirit collection and the herbarium of the Botanical Museum of Cordoba, Argentina.’
    • ‘The original species list was carried in the field, and when unvouchered species were found, herbarium specimens were collected.’
    • ‘I have taught summer courses at Mountain Lake Biological Station for three summers and I curate the herbarium at Appalachian State University.’
    • ‘Specimens were deposited in the herbarium of the Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign, Illinois.’
    • ‘Invasion fronts for plants may not be easily delineated due to incomplete herbarium collections.’
    • ‘Voucher specimens were deposited in the herbarium of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.’
    • ‘Additional historic occurrences were determined through searches of local herbaria.’
    • ‘However, Blanchard found a Lakehurst specimen in the herbarium of the Department of Biology at the C. W. Post campus of Long Island University.’
    • ‘As a result, the chance that a particular species will be represented in herbarium collections should increase in good wildflower years.’
    • ‘Voucher specimens were deposited in the herbaria at Singapore Botanic Gardens and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.’
    • ‘The presence of the park has been a plus for the herbarium, adding 16 contributors, where there were three before.’
    • ‘At each sampling date, representative plant material was collected, pressed and stored in a herbarium for future verification.’
    • ‘He has taken in orphan herbaria and has worked to distribute extra materials to other herbaria in the region.’
    • ‘At present, there are 8,565 specimens of McCurtain County plants in Oklahoma herbaria representing 1,498 species, intraspecific taxa, and hybrids.’
    • ‘This trail, combined with collection of the plants for herbaria and for sale by nurseries, reduced the species' limited numbers.’
    • ‘Pollen material was obtained from the herbarium of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.’
    • ‘In 1826, he had made a major botanical trip to the Ionian Islands off the west coast of Greece - to Corfu, Zante and Cefalonia - setting up a herbarium of Ionian plants, which are now held at Kew.’
    1. 1.1A room or building housing a herbarium.
      • ‘Always busy in the herbarium and nattily dressed in coat and bow tie, Wilbur was an enviable model of a true botanist devoted to his craft.’
      • ‘Both herbaria house a broad collection of specimens from North American representatives of the genus Arabis.’
      • ‘When the weather was unsuitable, plants were placed in a plastic bag and returned to the herbarium to be pressed, dried and later identified.’
      • ‘Apart from the rooms where patients are treated, the main clinic from which he works in Kitarare, has a nursery and there are plans for an herbarium.’
      • ‘Most herbaria house morphologically unidentifiable immature collections of Carex.’
    2. 1.2A box or other receptacle in which dried plants are kept.


Late 18th century: from late Latin, from Latin herba grass, herb.