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

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Other Words from botanical

Adjective

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

Examples of botanical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Etsy offers a wide selections of prints, from botanical to murals. Michelle Higgins, The Seattle Times, "How to dress up a dorm room," 25 Sep. 2018 They were made from botanical substances such as beet juice or onion skins. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "The History of Easter Eggs and Why They're Decorated," 25 Feb. 2019 Because many hyperpigmentation-fighting products can lighten skin tones altogether, Adoh made it a point to include a marine botanical called plankton extract that is safe for anyone to use. Akili King, Vogue, "Meet Epara, the Luxury Skin-Care Line Designed for Women of Color," 2 Feb. 2019 Expert tip: opt for botanical motifs in a mix of shapes, from blouson day dresses to silhouettes with a bit of sleek polish. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ultimate Honeymoon Packing List," 25 Jan. 2019 Henriksen is a fan of the oil, too, and uses it in his anti-aging line, Transform Plus, which also includes bakuchiol, a botanical retinol alternative, and lemon extract. Jennifer Goldstein, Marie Claire, "How To Spice Up Your Skincare Routine," 18 Jan. 2019 That means rose-quartz gua sha tools to gently massage and sculpt the face, and a velvet pillow (hand-tinted with botanical dyes) for subsequent lounging. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Gifts for Your Horoscope-Obsessed Friend by Astrological Sign," 13 Dec. 2018 The brand offers a variety of gorgeous, colorful prints; this one in particular features a reversible watercolor design on the front with a more subtle botanical print on the back. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "6 Best Duvet Covers, According to Textile Experts," 21 Dec. 2018 Rooms are unfussy, lots of white and gray, but with pops of emerald green or cobalt blue, brass fixtures, as well custom wallpaper patterned with native plants and botanical prints from the great Pacific Northwest artist Imogen Cunningham. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Portland, OR, in January 2019," 20 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Wash it across your tongue, and let the botanicals sketch out in your mind’s eye their point of origin, each sip like liquid GPS. Sunset, "6 Botanical Gins We’re Loving Right Now," 22 Jan. 2018 My new nighttime skin-care favorite contains peptides and botanicals to improve blood flow and reduce puffiness. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Ulta Is Having a 50 Percent Off Sale on Skin-Care—Here’s Everything I Want," 18 Jan. 2019 Each product is infused with active, phytochemically rich botanicals, offering an endless range of benefits for the health of the skin. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Meet the Eckhaus Latta–Approved Herbalist With a Prescription for Balanced Skin and Less Stress," 4 Jan. 2019 The liquid will be made from English grapes, herbs, roots and bitter botanicals, and is aimed at consumers who want a nonalcoholic option to drink with food. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "As Americans Drink Less Alcohol, Booze Makers Look Beyond the Barrel," 17 Jan. 2019 If your skin tends to feel and look dry by midday, simply infuse its surface with a light essence laced with glycerin and natural botanicals such as Olay Mist Ultimate Hydration Essence with Vitamin C and Bergamot. Nicole Catanese, Marie Claire, "5 Ways to Supercharge Your Skincare Products," 10 Dec. 2018 Start with bareMinerals Blemish Rescue Anti-Redness Mattifying Primer, which soothes with minerals and botanicals and contains natural oil-absorbers like sulfur and clay — plus, the green pigment neutralize redness. Beth Janes, Seventeen, "What to Do the *Second* a Pimple Appears," 7 Aug. 2018 Pour le Monde perfumes are created exclusively from essential oils and extractions from botanicals, natural grain alcohol, and distilled water. Good Housekeeping, "Pour le Monde, New Fragrances without Synthetics," 11 Nov. 2013 Month Thanks in large part to Australia’s captivating native botanicals, the local gin scene is stealthily becoming one of the world’s most exciting drinks movements, and Brogan’s Way, in semi-industrial Richmond, is the ideal place to find out why. Dan F. Stapleton, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Melbourne in October 2018," 26 Sep. 2018

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of botanical

: of or relating to plants or the study of plants
: made from or taken from plants

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 botanic (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 botanically (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, 30 Dec. 2009

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