botanical

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

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 \ adverb

Examples of botanical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Named after its foremost ingredient, this celery stalk is a fresh fragrance that is both botanical and earthy, thanks to its roots in parsley and purple carrots. Kelly Conaboy, The Cut, "The Perfect Candle for Adults Who Insist on Saying ‘Veggies’," 13 July 2018 His wife, aspiring fitness and cosmetics mogul Keyshia Ka’oir Davis, rocked a bright blue and hot pink bathing suit with a body-hugging sarong, while Gucci went for a cool botanical print: light pink flowers and bright green stems on a black base. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Gucci Mane Takes the Risqué Short-Shorts Trend to Disney World," 11 June 2018 The botanical print Merritt Botanica Salad Plates ($36 for four at houzz.com), edged with a bamboo motif, have the look and feel of fine china. Kim Cook, The Seattle Times, "How to bring indoor style to your outdoor entertaining," 26 June 2018 Hoodline provides all sorts of neighborhood information online, and, from time to time, botanical and anatomical bulletins. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "On Castro Street, a ‘showy canopy’ falls down on the job," 8 May 2018 The Margot is available in a range of colors and patterns, from beige-y neutrals and deep reds to geometric and botanical prints. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "7 stellar sofas under $1,500 you can buy online," 30 Apr. 2018 The show includes five divisions: horticulture, design, education, youth design and botanical arts. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Soroptimists give “Live Your Dream” Awards," 23 Apr. 2018 Now, Kwong pays special attention to brands with sustainable practices and indeed, those that have more of a botanical and grounded feeling. Christina Perez, Harper's BAZAAR, "How a Supermodel Turned Landscaper Makes Sustainable Fashion Chic," 17 Apr. 2018 If not, go ahead and buy the botanical-style Emerald Peonies wrapping paper from Rifle Paper Co. that blogger Francois et Moi (previously on Beautiful.com) used in her easy pull-down wall hanging. Jamie Wiebe, House Beautiful, "16 Easy DIYs That Will Make Spring Come Quicker," 4 Mar. 2015

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Mixologists mix and match the botanicals in the gin with the flavor profiles of several brands of tonic waters from around the continent. Lisa Futterman, chicagotribune.com, "No mere gin and tonic: Spanish craze employs fruits and herbs to pause summer," 11 July 2018 Do some vineyard hopping or visit many of the microbreweries, but if spirits are more your thing, Margaret River Distilling Company crafts a range of whiskies, vodkas, and outstanding gins using native botanicals. Christina Liao, Vogue, "Why You Should Be Going to Australia for Fresh Black Truffles," 12 July 2018 The neutral spirit is distilled from grain or fruit, then botanicals are either infused into the spirit or added during a second distillation. Jonah Flicker, USA TODAY, "Celebrate World Gin Day in the USA," 8 June 2018 But the botanicals and essential oils awaken our senses, the lush suds overtake our dirty hands, and the packaging tickles the visual part of our brains. Tyler Watamanuk, New York Times, "When Did Soap, Once Simple, Get So Complicated?," 11 July 2018 Behind the Brand: Carl Thornfeldt, a dermatologist in Fruitland, ID, who’s done over 30 years of research on the skin barrier, inflammation, botanicals, and disease therapies. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The Best Skin-Care Brands Created by Dermatologists, According to a Cosmetic Surgeon," 16 May 2018 Finally, the tonic is poured slowly down the twisted handle of the spoon to increase the bubbles and enhance the aromatic effect of the botanicals. Lisa Futterman, chicagotribune.com, "No mere gin and tonic: Spanish craze employs fruits and herbs to pause summer," 11 July 2018 Producing gin with a variety of botanicals and flavors gives cocktails like the martini, gin and tonic, and Martinez new twists. Jonah Flicker, USA TODAY, "Celebrate World Gin Day in the USA," 8 June 2018 The sip and see tasting includes gin-forward specialty cocktails priced at $5 each along with a lesson on native botanicals from Brownwood’s Nopalito Farms. 7 to 10 p.m. today. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego County restaurants start the season with summer specials," 21 June 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 \

Kids Definition of botanical

: of or relating to the study of plants

botanical

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

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 \ 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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