bot·​a·​nize | \ˈbä-tə-ˌnīz \
botanized; botanizing

Definition of botanize 

intransitive verb

: to collect plants for botanical investigation : to study plants in their natural habitat She was preparing to go botanizing with Conservation International's Robin Foster in the scientifically unexplored depths of the reserve.— Adrian Forsyth The group botanized along the coast.

transitive verb

: to explore for botanical purposes He spent the day botanizing the park.

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Other Words from botanize

botanizer \ ˈbä-​tə-​ˌnī-​zər \ noun

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In this country, Linnaeus was enraptured, botanizing among the unique high elevation tundra flowers. James Prosek, New York Times, "A Botanist in Swedish Lapland," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of botanize

1751, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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