botanica

noun

bo·​tan·​i·​ca bə-ˈta-ni-kə How to pronounce botanica (audio)
: a shop that deals in herbs and charms used especially by adherents of Santeria

Examples of botanica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The problem will be solved once the tour visits La Negra Francisca, a botanica where santeros stock up on idols, bracelets and oils. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The botanica smelled of burning wax and incense, not unlike mass. Myriam Gurba, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2023 These days, things remain busy, although the small botanica is seeing only one visitor at a time, always requiring them to wear a mask. John MacCormack, ExpressNews.com, 7 Aug. 2020 Chef Jason Tan calls his cuisine gastro-botanica and gives equal billing to flora and fauna. Robyn Eckhardt, WSJ, 4 Jan. 2019 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 2:53 Man wearing a bucket on his head steals pigeons from Miami botanica Advertisement Miami Police are trying to identify a man, with a bucket on his head, who stole 40 pigeons from a Miami botanica. Jared Gilmour, sacbee, 1 May 2018 Miami Police are trying to identify a man, with a bucket on his head, who stole 40 pigeons from a Miami botanica. Jared Gilmour, sacbee, 1 May 2018 See More

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Word History

Etymology

American Spanish botánica, from feminine of Spanish botánico botanical

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of botanica was in 1968

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“Botanica.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/botanica. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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