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

Examples of botany in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hess was born in Ogden in 1939, earned a botany degree from the University of Utah before moving to San Francisco to attend design school in the mid-1960s where he was first introduced to weaving. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Robert Gehrke: How one Utahn used this pandemic to create works of art," 30 Sep. 2020 At the time, women were excluded from most scientific fields, with the exception of botany, which was considered a suitable hobby for them. Annie Roth, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Use Century-Old Seaweed to Solve a Marine Mystery," 28 Sep. 2020 What and where, botany and entomology, strong visuals. Marc Mcandrews, Smithsonian Magazine, "Can Scientists Stop the Plague of the Spotted Lanternfly?," 22 Sep. 2020 However, evergreen trees have a different strategy, says Mason Heberling, assistant curator of botany at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Washington Post, "Ever wondered why trees ditch their leaves each fall?," 20 Sep. 2020 Instead of congregating at the University of Michigan’s Biological Station near Douglas Lake in Pellston, Mich., for a summer botany program, 23 students took to their neighborhood streets, parks, forests and waste bins to collect data. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "How to Do Scientific Field Work When You Can’t Get to the Right Field," 3 Sep. 2020 One was an unassuming GI named Bill Toliver, who in civilian life had studied botany. Seth Lipsky, WSJ, "I Hope American Soldiers Read Stars and Stripes Forever," 7 Sep. 2020 Charles Darwin, only 22 years old at the start of the expedition, was invited along by his botany professor. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Final Home of Charles Darwin’s HMS Beagle Gets Protected Status," 12 May 2020 Explore topics ranging from pollinators to botany, birds and dinosaurs. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "8 homeschooling field trip ideas to keep kids engaged," 12 Aug. 2020

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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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7 Oct 2020

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“Botany.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/botany. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for botany

botany

noun
How to pronounce botany (audio)

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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