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botanical

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adjective bo·tan·i·cal \ bə-ˈta-ni-kəl \

Definition of botanical

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

botanically

play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of botanical

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

noun

Definition of botanical

:a plant part or extract used especially in skin and hair care products; also :a medicinal preparation derived from a plant

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First Known Use of botanical

1836


BOTANICAL Defined for English Language Learners

botanical

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adjective

Definition of botanical for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to plants or the study of plants

  • : made from or taken from plants


BOTANICAL Defined for Kids

botanical

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adjective bo·tan·i·cal \ bə-ˈta-ni-kəl \

Definition of botanical for Students

:of or relating to the study of plants

Medical Dictionary

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botanical

play
adjective bo·tan·i·cal \ bə-ˈtan-i-kəl \
variants: also botanic play \bə-ˈtan-ik\

medical Definition of botanical

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

botanically

play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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botanical

noun
variants: also botanic

medical Definition of botanical

: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 WeiseUSA Today30 Dec. 2009


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