botany

noun
bot·​a·​ny | \ ˈbä-tə-nē , 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 , ˈbät-​nist \ noun

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Led by Manari Ushigua, an indigenous leader and shaman, the five- or- seven-day programs focus on meditation, traditional healing rituals, botany, dream interpretation, jungle treks, and river swims. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 In the salon, Ortiz enlisted Eloin Rivera, a muralist from Cali, to paint a stunning palm-landscape tableau inspired by the local botany, which Ortiz had researched. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This Colombian Fashion Designer Brings a Sophisticated Spirit Into Her Cartagena Home," 9 Aug. 2018 Distilling began to require amateur botany, and now there are cachaças aged in resinous Brazilian woods such as amburana, bálsamo, tapinhoã, and jequitiba rosa. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Most Underappreciated Holiday Booze Comes from Brazil," 9 Dec. 2018 This category also includes sweeter produce like mango, dates, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, and plums, but botany doesn't rely on taste to make distinctions. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "It Turns Out Olives Are Actually Fruits and Not Vegetables," 11 Dec. 2018 Bills introduced in the U.S. Senate in July and the U.S. House last year are aimed at promoting botany education. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "Rhododendron? Hydrangea? America Doesn’t Know Anymore," 14 Aug. 2018 Others have argued that toxic botany offers women a way to equal the score with men. Amandas Ong, The Atlantic, "Why Pop Culture Links Women and Killer Plants," 17 Apr. 2018 Applied botany was, to Hosack’s mind, important for everyone — farmers, druggists, manufacturers — but especially his Columbia medical students. Marta Mcdowell, New York Times, "Deep Below Rockefeller Center Lies a Legendary Botanical Garden," 25 June 2018 Then, there was the showstopper: 1,000 lit up elderflowers, a bright homage to the botany that makes up St-Germain liqueur. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Inside the Making of Kate Young’s Wild Garden for Maison St-Germain," 22 June 2018

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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 , ˈbät-nē\

Kids Definition of botany

: a branch of biology dealing with plants

botany

noun
bot·​a·​ny | \ ˈbät-ᵊn-ē, ˈbät-nē \
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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