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 pluralThe 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 botanical (audio) \ adverb

Examples of botanical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Valentin, 5, watches as educators from New York City public schools teach math and science, sing songs and take viewers on virtual field trips to botanical gardens and dance performances. New York Times, "Teachers on TV? Schools Try Creative Strategy to Narrow Digital Divide," 3 Jan. 2021 Businesses operating outdoors, including fitness centers, zoos, botanical gardens and batting cages, are reduced to a maximum of 50% capacity. Sarah Moon And Douglas S. Wood, CNN, "Los Angeles may run out of hospital beds by Christmas as mayor urges residents to 'cancel everything'," 3 Dec. 2020 Businesses operating outdoors, including fitness centers, zoos, botanical gardens and batting cages, are reduced to a maximum of 50% capacity. Sarah Moon And Douglas S. Wood, CNN, "Los Angeles may run out of hospital beds by Christmas as mayor urges residents to 'cancel everything'," 3 Dec. 2020 Businesses operating outdoors, including fitness centers, zoos, botanical gardens and batting cages, are reduced to a maximum of 50% capacity. Sarah Moon And Douglas S. Wood, CNN, "Los Angeles may run out of hospital beds by Christmas as mayor urges residents to 'cancel everything'," 3 Dec. 2020 Outdoor museums, zoos, aquariums and botanical gardens are now reduced to 50% maximum occupancy. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, "26 safe — and fun — excursions in L.A. for pandemic-weary parents," 1 Dec. 2020 Businesses operating outdoors, including fitness centers, zoos, botanical gardens and batting cages, are reduced to a maximum of 50% capacity. Jon Passantino, CNN, "Los Angeles County -- the biggest county in the US -- is now under a stay-at-home order," 30 Nov. 2020 Two Alabama botanical gardens have been nominated for the best Christmas lights and one of them currently has the most votes in nationwide online voting. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Does Alabama have nation’s best Christmas lights? Cast your vote now," 18 Nov. 2020 Increasingly, botanical gardens are playing an important role in preserving species that may soon be lost if global emissions aren’t drastically cut. Erin Stone, The Arizona Republic, "Boyce Thompson Arboretum makes room for thousands of fragile desert specimens," 15 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Each plant profile also includes a beautiful botanical drawing in color and the information for each plant is extensive, including companion plants, water use, cultivars, best features and the disadvantages of each plant. oregonlive, "When you miss gardening, turn to these books for comfort and inspiration," 22 Dec. 2020 Tohono Chul botanical gardens, with the largest collection of night-blooming cereus in the world. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "Nine Rare Natural Phenomena Worth Traveling For," 20 Feb. 2020 The wallpaper, Antoinette Poisson’s Jaipur, features swirling botanicals lifted from an 18th-century document. Robert Rufino, House Beautiful, "A Rita Konig-Designed Kitchen with Violet Marble and Botanical Walls," 9 Mar. 2020 Now the style can be found using botanicals from the West Coast, from California bay leaf to pink peppercorn. Sunset Magazine, "Build the Ultimate Bar Cart with These Award-Winning Spirits," 12 Apr. 2020 Second, the various herbs and botanicals in the tincture fix the rocky digestion. Lisa Futterman, chicagotribune.com, "Bitters and soda, the classic combination, now comes in a can and it’s being embraced by those cutting back on drinking," 5 Nov. 2019 These flavors are imparted through the process of maceration and/or distillation of botanicals in wine or a grain spirit, followed often by blending and resting to synthesize the elements. Al Culliton, Bon Appétit, "How to Find Your Amaro Soulmate (It's Out There!)," 23 Apr. 2020 True to her name, is well known for infusing bits of botanicals into her collections. Laurel Benedum, ELLE Decor, "Lela Rose’s Fall 2020 Show Was an All-Out Floral Fantasia," 20 Feb. 2020 The blend of botanicals includes a good dose of juniper and was created by the brothers Mario and Vittorio Pilla. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "A Venetian Aperitif Fit for a Spritz," 3 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of botanical was in 1627

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14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Botanical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/botanical. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for botanical

botanical

adjective
How to pronounce botanical (audio)

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 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, 30 Dec. 2009

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