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 botany (audio) , ˈbät-​nist \ noun

Examples of botany in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rauch extolled Jünger’s passion for the natural world—botany and entomology—and his visions of the future; the writer had dreamed up the drone and the smartphone in his novels, decades before their arrival in reality. Thomas Meaney, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 Julien served as a professor of botany at Baylor Medical College for 10 years. Dallas News, 16 Sep. 2021 Daniel, 21, who is currently studying botany, started collecting rare tropical plants about a year and a half ago. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, 5 Sep. 2021 In 1969, Gordon Hillman, a seed merchant’s son from Sussex, England, who studied agricultural botany at Reading University and archaeobotany in Mainz, Germany, went to Turkey under the institute’s auspices. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Aug. 2021 The items are grouped by department, such as botany, anthropology, mineral sciences and entomology. Washington Post, 29 June 2021 If the history and nomenclature weren’t confusing enough, the botany adds another layer. Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2021 In the book, Kimmerer combines her background in botany with old-fashioned indigenous wisdom to help readers reconnect with the natural world. cleveland, 23 Apr. 2021 What a tree is—tree botany in its essentials—feels utterly changed. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, 17 June 2021

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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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“Botany.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/botany. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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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