Grass vs Herbal - What's the difference?

grass | herbal |

As a proper noun grass

is .

As an adjective herbal is

made from or with herbs.

As a noun herbal is

a manual of herbs and their medical uses.



(wikipedia grass)


  • (countable, uncountable) Any plant of the family Poaceae, characterized by leaves that arise from nodes in the stem and leaf bases that wrap around the stem, especially those grown as ground cover rather than for grain.
  • *
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients, chapter=1 , passage='Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.}}
  • (countable) Various plants not in family Poaceae that resemble grasses.
  • (uncountable) A lawn.
  • (uncountable, slang) Marijuana.
  • (countable, slang) An informer, police informer; one who betrays a group (of criminals, etc) to the authorities.
  • (uncountable, physics) Sharp, closely spaced discontinuities in the trace of a cathode-ray tube, produced by random interference.
  • (uncountable, slang) Noise on an A-scope or similar type of radar display.
  • The season of fresh grass; spring.
  • * Latham
  • two years old next grass
  • (obsolete, figurative) That which is transitory.
  • * Bible Is. xl. 7
  • Surely the people is grass .


    * ''Gramineae (alternative name)

    Derived terms

    * grasshopper * grass widow * grassy * lemongrass * ryegrass * supergrass

    See also

    * (Poaceae) *


  • To lay out on the grass; to knock down (an opponent etc.).
  • * 1893 , Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘The Naval Treaty’, Norton 2005, p.709:
  • He flew at me with his knife, and I had to grass him twice, and got a cut over the knuckles, before I had the upper hand of him.
  • (transitive, or, intransitive, slang) To act as a grass or informer, to betray; to report on (criminals etc) to the authorities.
  • To cover with grass or with turf.
  • To expose, as flax, on the grass for bleaching, etc.
  • To bring to the grass or ground; to land.
  • to grass a fish



    Alternative forms

    * herball (obsolete)


  • Made from or with herbs.
  • Herbal tea has a nice aroma and is good for a stuffy head.
  • Made from natural herbs specifically as opposed to from synthetic materials.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-03
  • , author=David S. Senchina , title=Athletics and Herbal Supplements , volume=101, issue=2, page=134 , magazine= citation , passage=Athletes' use of herbal supplements has skyrocketed in the past two decades. At the top of the list of popular herbs are echinacea and ginseng, whereas garlic, St. John's wort, soybean, ephedra and others are also surging in popularity or have been historically prevalent.}}
    People think herbal supplements are safer because they are natural.

    Derived terms

    * herbal body wrap * herbal medicine * herbal tea * herbal wrap


    (en noun)
  • A manual of herbs and their medical uses
  • * {{quote-news, year=2005, date=January 7, author=Cecil Adams, title=The Straight Dope, work=Chicago Reader citation
  • , passage=It can still be found in herbals and such, which describe it as a sedative and cough suppressant. }}
  • An herbal supplement
  • * {{quote-news, year=2003, date=March 7, author=Jeffrey Felshman, title=The Killer Inside Me, work=Chicago Reader citation
  • , passage=I took a ride to the shopping strip at Belmont and Central and stocked up on herbals at three Polish New Age health stores. }}