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

Urban parks are always artificial constructs—the streams of Central Park can be turned off like taps—but Zaryadye Park goes all out with inventive twists at every botanical, technological and educational turn. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "The Most Ambitious Park in Russia," 25 July 2018 Fun fact: Jorgensen’s mother is a professional botanical illustrator who draws the plants that grace the bottle’s label. Sunset, "6 Botanical Gins We’re Loving Right Now," 22 Jan. 2018 Green botanical—Calpyso Home (R); calypsostbarth.com. House Beautiful, "November 2012 Issue Product Guide," 20 Aug. 2012 First mentioned in botanical articles in 1868, knotweed was brought to New York by the Hogg brothers, James and Thomas, eminent American horticulturalists and among the earliest collectors of Japanese plants. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Overrun by Alien Species," 1 Nov. 2018 The initiative in question comprises a total redesign for the packaging of the brand's Bio:Renew line of botanical shampoos and conditioners. Andrea Park, Allure, "Herbal Essences Launches Packaging for Blind and Vision-Impaired Customers," 11 Oct. 2018 Their announced initiative includes a total redesign for the packaging of the brand's bio:renew line of botanical shampoos and conditioners. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Herbal Essences Plans to Make Its Packaging More Accessible for Those with Low or No Vision," 11 Oct. 2018 Afraid of going too bold with a botanical print duvet? Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "The Best Bed Linens for Every Design Style," 18 Sep. 2018 Consider this quiz the botanical fairy godmother that can make your all your indoor gardening dreams come true. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Answer These Questions and We’ll Tell You Your Houseplant Soulmate," 21 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Enter under a multi-limbed Banyan tree, where a grand apothecary is stacked with local botanicals for health, beauty, and culinary use. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "Puerto Rico's Dorado Beach Is a Bit of Bali, Three Hours from Home," 12 Nov. 2018 This formula is enhanced with botanicals and castor oil. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "7 Mistakes You’re Making When Doing a Twist Out," 13 Sep. 2018 Instead, Weld plays with the proprietary ratios of the botanicals. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Mysteries of Gin Revealed," 10 Aug. 2018 Armenia distilled brandy and supplied rose, geranium, and apricot extracts, two endemic botanicals shipped to Moscow where they were used in the production of soap. Niree Noel, Allure, "The Evolution of Armenia’s Beauty Industry, According to Women Who Witnessed It," 27 July 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, The Seattle Times, "When did soap, once simple, get so complicated?," 23 July 2018 While it's exclusively performed by professional dermatologists, this trickled into skincare in the shape of this fun, oversized cotton swabs infused with glycolic acid and hydrating botanicals. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "5 "Skintertainment" Products You and Your Girlfriends Should Try Tonight," 9 Sep. 2016 Juniper must be one of the flavoring botanicals for the result to be called gin. Jonah Flicker, USA TODAY, "Celebrate World Gin Day in the USA," 8 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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