Weed vs Herbal - What's the difference?

weed | herbal |

As nouns the difference between weed and herbal

is that weed is pasture or weed can be willow while herbal is a manual of herbs and their medical uses.

As an adjective herbal is

made from or with herbs.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) (m), (m), from (etyl) .


(en noun)
  • A plant.
  • # (label) Any plant growing in cultivated ground to the injury of the crop or desired vegetation, or to the disfigurement of the place; an unsightly, useless, or injurious plant.
  • #*{{quote-book, year=1944, author=(w)
  • , title= The Three Corpse Trick, chapter=5 , passage=The hovel stood in the centre of what had once been a vegetable garden, but was now a patch of rank weeds . Surrounding this, almost like a zareba, was an irregular ring of gorse and brambles, an unclaimed vestige of the original common.}}
  • # (label) A species of plant considered harmful to the environment or regarded as a nuisance.
  • # Short for duckweed.
  • # Underbrush; low shrubs.
  • #* (Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
  • one rushing forth out of the thickest weed
  • #* (1809-1892)
  • A wild and wanton pard/ Crouched fawning in the weed .
  • A drug or the like made from the leaves of a plant.
  • # Marijuana.
  • # Tobacco.
  • # A cigar.
  • A horse unfit to breed from.
  • A puny person; one who has with little physical strength.
  • A sudden illness or relapse, often attended with fever, which attacks women in childbed.
  • Something unprofitable or troublesome; anything useless.
  • Synonyms
    * See also
    Derived terms
    * goutweed * hawkweed * horseweed * in the weeds * knapweed * knotweed * milkweed * pigweed * ragweed * tumbleweed
    See also
    * grow like a weed * weeds

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .


    (en verb)
  • To remove unwanted vegetation from a cultivated area.
  • I weeded my flower bed.
    See also
    * weed out

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) , from which also wad, wadmal. Cognate to Dutch lijnwaad, gewaad, German Wat.


    (en noun)
  • (archaic) A garment or piece of clothing.
  • (archaic) Clothing collectively; clothes, dress.
  • * 1599 ,
  • DON PEDRO. Come, let us hence, and put on other weeds ;
    And then to Leonato's we will go.
    CLAUDIO. And Hymen now with luckier issue speed's,
    Than this for whom we rend'red up this woe!
  • * 1819 , Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
  • These two dignified persons were followed by their respective attendants, and at a more humble distance by their guide, whose figure had nothing more remarkable than it derived from the usual weeds of a pilgrim.
  • (archaic) An article of dress worn in token of grief; a mourning garment or badge.
  • He wore a weed on his hat.
  • (archaic) widow's weeds : female mourning apparel
  • * Milton
  • In a mourning weed , with ashes upon her head, and tears abundantly flowing.

    Etymology 4

    From the verb wee.


  • (wee)
  • References

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    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. }}