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 Morris gestures toward a better one, by titling each section with a discipline in which Edison distinguished himself: each backward-marching decade is matched to botany, defense, chemistry, magnetism, light, sound, telegraphy, or natural philosophy. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "The Real Nature of Thomas Edison’s Genius," 21 Oct. 2019 On a precociously hot day in May, Avent takes me on a golf cart tour past fields of arums, lycoris, trilliums, crinums, epimediums, colocasias, baptisias and gingers — the botany begins to blur after a few hours under the beating Carolina sun. 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 pair was charged with second-degree murder of Leonard Dyck, 64, a botany lecturer at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Canadian police: Bodies are believed to be teen suspects," 7 Aug. 2019 The molecular biologist, a postdoctoral researcher in Texas in the year 2000, was breeding botany’s leading model organism, Arabidopsis, an unremarkable weed in the mustard family. Quanta Magazine, "Unexpected ‘Germline’ Plant Cells May Shield New Generations," 5 Aug. 2019 According to local botany expert Tom Chester, with all the rain this has been a very good season for the rare species of larkspur that are blooming now at Cuyamaca. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Memorable moments at Cuyamaca," 20 July 2019 Decay is as much a part of botany as growth is — maybe even more, since decay gets the last word. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "At Harvard, glass flowers that perfect the imperfection of decay," 5 Sep. 2019 Police charged McLeod and Schmegelsky last week with second-degree murder in the death of Leonard Dyck, 64, a Vancouver botany professor. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Canadian air force joins hunt for suspects in deadly spree," 29 July 2019 Authorities have said Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are wanted in connection with three killings -- a botany professor at the University of British Columbia and a young couple who was traveling across Canada. Wayne Drash, CNN, "Tip on suspected killers leads to remote Canada, authorities say," 29 July 2019

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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
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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