botany


bot·a·ny

noun \ˈbä-tə-nē, ˈbät-nē\

: a branch of science that deals with plant life

plural bot·a·nies

Full Definition of BOTANY

1
:  a branch of biology dealing with plant life
2
a :  plant life
b :  the properties and life phenomena exhibited by a plant, plant type, or plant group
3
:  a botanical treatise or study; especially :  a particular system of botany
bot·a·nist \-nist\ noun

Origin of BOTANY

botanic botanical + 2-y
First Known Use: 1696

Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem

Rhymes with BOTANY

bot·a·ny

noun \ˈbät-ən-ē, ˈbät-nē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural bot·a·nies

Medical Definition of BOTANY

1
: a branch of biology dealing with plant life
2
a : plant life b : the properties and life phenomena exhibited by a plant, plant type, or plant group
3
: a botanical treatise or study; especially : a particular system of botany

botany

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Branch of biology that deals with plants, including the study of the structure, properties, and biochemical processes of all forms of plant life, as well as plant classification, plant diseases, and the interactions of plants with their physical environment. The science of botany traces back to the ancient Greco-Roman world but received its modern impetus in Europe in the 16th century, mainly through the work of physicians and herbalists, who began to observe plants seriously to identify those useful in medicine. Today the principal branches of botanical study are morphology, physiology, ecology, and systematics (the identification and ranking of all plants). Subdisciplines include bryology (the study of mosses and liverworts), pteridology (the study of ferns and their relatives), paleobotany (the study of fossil plants), and palynology (the study of modern and fossil pollen and spores). See also forestry, horticulture.

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