The Herbal Etymology Database

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 Herbs are ordered alphabetically according to their Latin botanical names.

A-E          F-K         L-P         Q-U         V-Z



Index of Common Botanical Names


The Herbal Etymology Database presents a coherent, meticulous etymology of herbs’ botanical names as well as an accompanying compilation of their common names.

What is etymology? Etymology is the study of words’ origins and the historical development of their meanings.

The database aims to disseminate detailed information that informs our understanding of herbal history and deepens our pool of resources in terms of folklore and the multi-faceted aspects of the herbs themselves.

Why a database?

Many sources for our herbal etymology do not in turn cross-cite their sources, leading to confusion. In addition, errors in understanding are rife and are often repeated unknowingly. We wanted to offer some much-needed clarity.

Want to get involved?

See something that needs to be corrected, or have a bit of information you’d like added? Just get in touch with us at (and we are happy to cite you by name, as well).