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  • noun A dialectal form of herb.


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  • At Fort Lafayette, there is an herbarium of choice specimens (rather faded and seedy) of that curious 'yarb;' and at the old Alton Penitentiary, and at Camp Douglas, Chicago, there are collections, not so choice and a great deal more seedy.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No. 1, July, 1862

  • "Hit may be all right fer med'cine, or yarb tea," was his verdict,

    Heart of the Blue Ridge

  • If one of the children was ill, Aunt Sarah was right there with the old fashioned remedies, and although some of her "yarb teas" might be nasty to take, they were efficacious.

    The Corner House Girls at School

  • "All right, Rich," says Harve, an 'out they walked, steady, an' thar was two shoots shot, an 'Rich an' Harve both drapped, an 'in ten minutes they was stretched out on Nance's bed an' Nance was a-lopin 'away fer the yarb doctor.

    Hell fer Sartain and Other Stories

  • Jack tried to get away from old Joel and scramble after Chad on his broken leg, but old Joel held him, soothing him, and carried him back to the house, where the old "yarb doctor" put splints on the leg and bound it up tightly, just as though it had been the leg of a child.

    The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come

  • The neighbors were gathered to watch the departure -- old Jerry Budd, blacksmith and "yarb doctor," and his folks; the Cultons and

    The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come

  • "I ain't breakin 'no law; this is yarb bitters," Jabe answered, with a pull at the bottle.

    The Village Watch-Tower

  • I'll go yarb hunting to-morrow, if I get my garden ploughed.

    Reels and Spindles A Story of Mill Life

  • “Well, he shall have his dinner; and if he likes to talk about yarb-dishes, I 'm with him.”

    Septimius Felton, or, The elixir of life

  • Yis, the yarb be good fur a woman when things go crosswise, and the box'll be a great help to her many and many a night, beyend doubt.

    Holiday Tales Christmas in the Adirondacks


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  • A dog in Gogol's Dead Souls.

    "...a sporting dog named Yarb (...) of the keen-muzzled species used for shooting".

    November 16, 2007

  • Yarb, are you keen-muzzled as well? (Is this where your screen name came from?)

    November 16, 2007

  • I always thought (hoped?) that it was meant as a quizzical pirate exclamation, said with rising intonation and a question mark at the end. :-P

    November 17, 2007

  • Sadly my muzzle could be keener; I got the name from Gogol but like uselessness I took to it for its piratical sound. Also for some reason I think it sounds like a kind of pressed cheese.

    November 17, 2007

  • If I recall correctly, one of the characters in the movie Hot Fuzz only has one word in his vocabulary: yarb, pronounced the way I described. Maybe that's where I get the image. He wasn't a pirate, though.

    November 17, 2007

  • I will have to watch this movie.

    November 17, 2007

  • It's hilarious! It has some scenes of over-the-top violence, ridiculous to the point of just adding to the humor, but if you're squeamish you might want to avoid it. Otherwise, it's highly recommended. ;-)

    November 17, 2007

  • It's a date. To be honest I thought it looked rubbish on the trailers, but I haven't heard a bad word about it.

    November 17, 2007

  • Yarb. Pressed cheese. *thinking*

    November 17, 2007

  • "I grant ye, the Eyetalians ARE some given to jabbin' knives into each other, but they never git up strikes, an' they don't grumble about wages. Why, look at the way they live--jest some weeds an' yarbs dug up on the roadside, an' stewed in a kettle with a piece o' fat the size o' your finger, an' a loaf o' bread, an' they're happy as a king."

    - Harold Frederic, The Damnation of Theron Ware, ch. 3

    July 31, 2008

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    July 31, 2008

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    March 22, 2011

  • “The yarb will take the chill out of ye better than the pizen of the Dutchman.” - ----- Holiday Tales Christmas in the Adirondacks

    (from the examples)

    October 12, 2011

  • One of my favourite books, "Holiday Tales Christmas in the Adirondacks".

    - "Yis, the yarb be good fur a woman when things go crosswise, and the box'll be a great help to her many and many a night, beyend doubt."

    October 12, 2011

  • My early Christmas wish for you is that things always go crosswise, as it is said.

    October 12, 2011