botany

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noun bot·a·ny \ˈbä-tə-nē, ˈbät-nē\

Definition of botany

plural

botanies

  1. 1 :  a branch of biology dealing with plant life

  2. 2a :  plant lifeb :  the properties and life phenomena exhibited by a plant, plant type, or plant group

  3. 3 :  a botanical treatise or study; especially :  a particular system of botany

botanist

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Origin and Etymology of botany

botanic botanical + 2-y


BOTANY Defined for English Language Learners

botany

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noun

Definition of botany for English Language Learners

  • : a branch of science that deals with plant life


BOTANY Defined for Kids

botany

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noun bot·a·ny \ˈbä-tə-nē, ˈbät-nē\

Definition of botany for Students

  1. :  a branch of biology dealing with plants


Medical Dictionary

botany

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noun bot·a·ny \ˈbät-ən-ē, ˈbät-nē\

Medical Definition of botany

plural

botanies

  1. 1:  a branch of biology dealing with plant life

  2. 2a:  plant lifeb:  the properties and life phenomena exhibited by a plant, plant type, or plant group

  3. 3:  a botanical treatise or study; especially :  a particular system of botany



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