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botanical

adjective bo·tan·i·cal \ bə-ˈta-ni-kəl \
|Updated on: 8 Jun 2018

Definition of botanical

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

botanically

play \bə-ˈta-ni-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

plural botanicals
: 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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First Known Use of botanical

1836

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BOTANICAL Defined for English Language Learners

botanical

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

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

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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