botany

noun
bot·​a·​ny | \ ˈbä-tə-nē How to pronounce botany (audio) , ˈbät-nē\
plural botanies

Definition of botany

1 : a branch of biology dealing with plant life
2a : plant life
b : the properties and life phenomena exhibited by a plant, plant type, or plant group
3 : a botanical treatise or study especially : a particular system of botany

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Other Words from botany

botanist \ ˈbä-​tə-​nist How to pronounce botanist (audio) , ˈbät-​nist \ noun

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They have been driven by his need to break down the wall between botany, the scientific study of plants, and horticulture, the practice of growing them. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This collector-grower built an Eden of rare plants. Now he tackles the challenge to preserve it.," 17 Sep. 2019 The previous editor, Eugene Maleska, famously hated contemporary pop culture, and puzzles under his watch habitually relied on obscure terms from zoology and botany. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Upstart Crossword Puzzle Builders Get Their Point Across (and Down)," 19 Aug. 2019 Lems-Dworkin received her bachelor’s degree in botany from Northwestern University in 1947, but then went back for her master’s degree in 1960 in music and piano performance. Marissa Plescia, chicagotribune.com, "Carol Lems-Dworkin, renowned pianist and music professor, dies at 95," 1 Aug. 2019 That man was later identified as Leonard Dyck, a lecturer in botany at the University of British Columbia. NBC News, "Canada police unable to substantiate sighting of teen murder suspects," 28 July 2019 How the professors became involved Daniel Gladish, a professor of botany, and John Cinnamon, a professor of anthropology, were both suspended after Provost Phyllis Callahan read MUPD's report. Maia Anderson, Cincinnati.com, "The iboga tree affair: A confiscated shrub, hallucinogenics and suspended professors rile Miami University campus," 3 July 2019 Such a discovery adds to growing indications of an association among many cultures of cannabis with the afterworld and death, says Mark Merlin, professor of botany at the University of Hawaii, who was not involved in conducting this study. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Using Marijuana to Get High Dates Back Millennia," 12 June 2019 Yet, under the right conditions, this tiny grain—among the smallest from any flowering plant—can survive in the wild for years, eventually germinating and producing one of botany’s most exquisite blooms. Dornith Doherty, National Geographic, "These x-rays of seeds turn biology into art," 22 Mar. 2019 The possibility that plants routinely share information isn’t just intriguing botany; it could be exploited to improve crop resistance to pests. Quanta Magazine, "The Secret Language of Plants," 16 Dec. 2013

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First Known Use of botany

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for botany

botanic botanical + -y entry 2

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The first known use of botany was in 1647

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botany

noun

English Language Learners Definition of botany

: a branch of science that deals with plant life

botany

noun
bot·​a·​ny | \ ˈbä-tə-nē How to pronounce botany (audio) , ˈbät-nē\

Kids Definition of botany

: a branch of biology dealing with plants

botany

noun
bot·​a·​ny | \ ˈbät-ᵊn-ē, ˈbät-nē How to pronounce botany (audio) \
plural botanies

Medical Definition of botany

1 : a branch of biology dealing with plant life
2a : plant life
b : the properties and life phenomena exhibited by a plant, plant type, or plant group
3 : a botanical treatise or study especially : a particular system of botany

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