botanical

adjective
bo·​tan·​i·​cal | \ bə-ˈta-ni-kəl How to pronounce botanical (audio) \

Definition of botanical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to plants or botany
2 : derived from plants
3 : species botanical tulips

botanical

noun
plural botanicals

Definition of botanical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance obtained or derived from a plant: such as
a : a plant part or extract used especially in skin and hair care products Certain botanicals are naturals for bringing out the best in the color and condition of the hair.Elle
b : a medicinal preparation derived from a plant The popular botanical ginkgo biloba does not improve memory, nor does it prevent cognitive decline in older people, according to the largest and longest scientific study conducted on the supplement.— Elizabeth Weise
c : plant material used as a flavoring agent (as in gin) usually plural The makeup of gin is basically neutral grain spirits flavored with juniper and other botanicals, and reduced to no less than 80 proof with water.— Emanuel and Madeline Greenberg

Other Words from botanical

Adjective

botanically \ bə-​ˈta-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce botanical (audio) \ adverb

Examples of botanical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In the heart of Amsterdam, overlooking the Nieuwe Herengracht canal, sits the city’s Hortus Botanicus, or botanical gardens; one of the oldest in the world. Liam Hess, Vogue, 11 May 2022 The most common is Bipalium kewense which originated in the botanical gardens of the United Kingdom. Makenzie Boucher, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022 Fantasy and comedy and literary fiction to take with you into the mild warmth of botanical gardens, shady park benches, and indoor tea parties. Glamour, 21 Mar. 2022 The city’s 50-acre botanical oasis boasts North America’s largest collection of camellias outside of California. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 31 Dec. 2021 More than 20 casitas, studios, and standard rooms span the botanical oasis in Palm Springs, where the original pool remains intact. Kristin Scharkey, Sunset Magazine, 8 Dec. 2021 Made with retinol, softening botanical oils and depuffing caffeine, the lightweight yet mighty L’Oréal Paris cream tackled multiple eye area issues in GH Beauty Lab testing without inflaming even sensitive skin. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 29 Apr. 2022 Available in 12 shades and infused with a blend of botanical oils, the formula offers blendable color sans makeup brushes. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 26 Apr. 2022 Besides, the botanical names for them keep getting changed. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Examples from Schumacher are Daisy Chain, a bold, vaguely psychedelic Bloomsbury floral, and Fernarium, a botanical with a three-dimensional look. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Some, like the Funchal Cable Car in the heart of the city, carry visitors up to points of interest like the Monte Palace botanical gardens, and others were built to bring farmers to and from their crops that flourish in the fertile volcanic soil. Lauren Breedlove, Travel + Leisure, 21 Apr. 2022 Add this soothing botanical toner to your skincare regimen after cleansing to balance and prepare the skin for moisturizer. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 More recently, the beloved botanical ingredient has made its way into hair-care formulas. Lindsay Colameo, Allure, 26 Jan. 2022 Combined with your favorite botanical serum, the Gold Cryo set also addresses puffiness and dark under eye circles. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 The De Soi team shares a glossary on their website of every botanical used to help consumers understand the effects of each ingredient. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, 6 Jan. 2022 Red Butte Garden has chosen a 20-year veteran of the Salt Lake City botanical haven to be its executive director. The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Dec. 2021 And don't forget to add the matching hair accessories to your cart to create a botanical set that'll accent almost any outfit. Carly Kulzer, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of botanical

Adjective

1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for botanical

Adjective

French botanique, from Greek botanikos of herbs, from botanē pasture, herb, from boskein to feed, graze; probably akin to Lithuanian guotas flock

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“Botanical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/botanical. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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botanical

adjective
bo·​tan·​i·​cal | \ bə-ˈta-ni-kəl How to pronounce botanical (audio) \

Kids Definition of botanical

: of or relating to the study of plants

botanical

adjective
bo·​tan·​i·​cal | \ bə-ˈtan-i-kəl How to pronounce botanical (audio) \
variants: also botanic \ bə-​ˈtan-​ik How to pronounce botanical (audio) \

Medical Definition of botanical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to plants or botany
2 : derived from plants

Other Words from botanical

botanically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce botanical (audio) \ adverb

botanical

noun
variants: also botanic

Medical Definition of botanical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medicinal preparation derived from a plant : herbal remedy The popular botanical ginkgo biloba does not improve memory, nor does it prevent cognitive decline in older people, according to the largest and longest scientific study conducted on the supplement.— Elizabeth Weise, USA Today

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