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Herb

Noun 1. Any plants used for flavoring, food, medicine, or perfume. Culinary use typically distinguishes herbs as referring to the leafy green parts of a plant (either fresh or dried), from a “spice”, a product from another part of the plant (usually dried), including seeds, berries, bark, roots and fruits. (wikipedia.org) 2. Any green, leafy plant, or parts thereof, used to flavor or season food. (wiktionary.org) 3. (slang, euphemistic) Marijuana. (wiktionary.org) 4. In American botanical English the term is also used as an abbreviation of “herbaceous plant”. (wikipedia.org) (Botany) 1. A plant whose stem is not woody and does not persist beyond each growing season. (wiktionary.org) 2. Any vascular plant that never produces a woody stem. (biology-online.org) 3. Any seed-bearing plant that does not have a woody stem and dies down to the ground after flowering. (Google Dictionary) 4. Plant whose roots, leaves or seeds, etc. are used in medicine. (wiktionary.org) Word origin: From Old French erbe “grass, herb, plant” (12c.), from Latin herba “grass, an herb, herbage,...

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Herbaceous

/(h)ərˈbāSHəs/ Adjective 1. Not woody, lacking lignified tissues. (wiktionary.org) 2. A plant that has leaves and stems that die down at the end of the growing season to the soil level. They have no persistent woody stem above ground. Herbaceous plants may be annuals, biennials or perennials. (wikipedia.org) 3. Of, denoting, or relating to herbs (in the botanical sense). (Google Dictionary) 4. Refers to a plant that has a non-woody stem and which dies back at the end of the growing season. Characteristic of a non-woody herb or plant part.Pertaining to non-woody plants. (biology-online.org) Word origin: From Latin herbaceus, from herba, from Old French erbe “grass, herb, plant” (12c.), from Latin herba “grass, an herb, herbage, turf.” Refashioned after Latin since 15c., but the h- was mute until...

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Herbivore

/ˈ(h)ərbəˌvôr/ Noun, pl. herbivores 1. An organism anatomically and physiologically adapted to plant material, for example foliage, as the main component of its diet. (wikipedia.org) 2. Any animal that eats only vegetation (i.e. that eats no meat). (wiktionary.org) 3. An animal that consumes herbaceous vegetation. Any animal that feeds chiefly on grass and other plants; animals that consume plant material as a source of obtaining energy. (biology-online.org) Word origin: From Modern Latin herbivora (1830) or French herbivore (1748), from Latin herbivorus, from herba “a herb” + vorare “devour,...

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Heredity

Noun, pl. heredities 1. The passing of traits to offspring from its parents or ancestor. This is the process by which an offspring cell or organism acquires or becomes predisposed to the characteristics of its parent cell or organism. Through heredity, variations exhibited by individuals can accumulate and cause some species to evolve. (wikipedia.org) 2. Hereditary transmission of the physical and genetic qualities of parents to their offspring; the biological law by which living beings tend to repeat their characteristics in their descendants. (wiktionary.org) 3. A person’s ancestry. (Google Dictionary) Word origin: From Middle French hérédité (12c.), from Latin hereditatem (nominative hereditas) “heirship, inheritance, condition of being an heir,” from heres (genitive heredis) “heir, heiress,” from PIE root *ghe- “to be empty, left...

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Hering’s nerve

The branch of glossopharyngeal nerve to the carotid sinus which is a small nerve in the neck, that innervate the carotid sinus and the carotid body. It branch of the glossopharyngeal nerve, runs downwards anterior to the internal carotid artery. It communicates with the vagus nerve and sympathetic then divides in the angle of bifurcation of the common carotid artery to supply the carotid body and carotid sinus. It carries impulses from the baroreceptors in the carotid sinus (to help maintain a more consistent blood pressure) and from chemoreceptors in the carotid body....

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