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 botanically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of botanical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Verano wallpaper puts a vintage-inspired twist on it, acting as a homage to botanical art more than wallpaper, and printed by a historic wallpaper manufacturer. Nena Farrell, Sunset Magazine, "Rattan, Florals, and Palms: Serena & Lily’s New Spring Collection Is a Vacay State of Mind," 12 Feb. 2020 Nutrafol also contains saw palmetto (a botanical said to block production of a hormone that leads to hair loss) and ashwagandha (a medicinal herb believed to help reduce stress hormones and inflammation). Washington Post, "Yes, women experience thinning hair, too. Here’s why, and possible treatments.," 10 Feb. 2020 Look for one that contains vitamins C and E. A serum with antioxidant-rich botanical ingredients (green tea, for example) or other antioxidants such as ferulic acid can work too. Jennifer Goldstein, Marie Claire, "Skin Care Tips for Any Skin Type," 6 Jan. 2020 Besides, the botanical names for these cactuses keep getting changed. Boston.com Real Estate, "Winter cactuses are hard to name but easy to grow," 25 Dec. 2019 As Eddy Frankel reports for Time Out, painters including Chuni Lall and Rungiah strayed more botanical, featuring yams and squash in their nature scenes. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "London Exhibit Celebrates Indian Artists Who Captured Natural History for the East India Company," 4 Dec. 2019 Sir Stephen's botanical and woodland gardens, orchid greenhouses, and arboretum of indigenous trees had always been remarkable, if neglected; now the old place was looking sprightly again. Peter Browne, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Slow Safari Along Zimbabwe’s Back Roads," 20 Dec. 2019 The thyme sprigs used only in the mixing process (not placed in the glass) also keep the flavor fresh and botanical. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Eddie V’s brings drinkers into the hive with the Bee Keeper," 28 Nov. 2019 The line’s four new products focus on botanical and earthy flavors. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Hartford Flavor Company introduces new ‘Wild Moon Botanics’ line," 19 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Members of the group advised giving the boys vitamins, botanicals, and fruits and vegetables rather than the Tamiflu that their doctor prescribed. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "4-year-old dies from flu after members of anti-vax Facebook group advise his mom to use thyme and elderberries instead of Tamiflu," 7 Feb. 2020 In most gins, the number of botanicals tends to stay in the single figures, or to hover just above. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Intoxicating History of Gin," 2 Dec. 2019 And the alternative, faux botanicals, doesn't leave behind the greenest footprint, either. Joseph Neese, House Beautiful, "These Chic Faux Botanicals Look Real—And They're the Very First "Green" Line to Hit the Market," 6 Dec. 2019 Often, for reasons of practicality and pride, botanicals are selected with a nod to local produce. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Intoxicating History of Gin," 2 Dec. 2019 Her go-to: Nutrafol Core for Women, which contains antioxidants, adaptogens, and botanicals. Megan Deem, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Future Proof Your Face and Hair," 23 Sep. 2019 Ingredients matter Celestial Seasonings uses the black and green teas, herbs, spices and botanicals sourced from all over the world, said Charlie Baden, senior blendmaster at Celestial. Pratik Joshi, The Denver Post, "Long before ‘natural’ was cool, Celestial Seasonings saw the future in tea leaves," 14 Sep. 2019 Peony, turmeric, neem extracts, topical caffeine, and botanicals are the anti-inflammatory antioxidants found in this cream that will smooth fine lines and wrinkles by plumping and brightening the skin around your eyes. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Why Avya Skincare's Brightening Eye Cream Is Worth It," 31 July 2019 It’s inspired by botanicals from the estate’s herb gardens originally planted in the 9th century. Washington Post, "Celebrities are deep into liquor, wine with their own brands," 22 Nov. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/botanicals. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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 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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