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

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How the professors became involved Daniel Gladish, a professor of botany, and John Cinnamon, a professor of anthropology, were both suspended after Provost Phyllis Callahan read MUPD's report. Maia Anderson, Cincinnati.com, "The iboga tree affair: A confiscated shrub, hallucinogenics and suspended professors rile Miami University campus," 3 July 2019 Such a discovery adds to growing indications of an association among many cultures of cannabis with the afterworld and death, says Mark Merlin, professor of botany at the University of Hawaii, who was not involved in conducting this study. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Using Marijuana to Get High Dates Back Millennia," 12 June 2019 Yet, under the right conditions, this tiny grain—among the smallest from any flowering plant—can survive in the wild for years, eventually germinating and producing one of botany’s most exquisite blooms. Dornith Doherty, National Geographic, "These x-rays of seeds turn biology into art," 22 Mar. 2019 The possibility that plants routinely share information isn’t just intriguing botany; it could be exploited to improve crop resistance to pests. Quanta Magazine, "The Secret Language of Plants," 16 Dec. 2013 His education is in the fields of biology and botany. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 21 May 2018 Fortunately for fans of botany and the royals alike, grounds of his Tetbury property are open to the public for tours during the warmer months of the year. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Charles's Private Gardens at Highgrove House Will Open to Visitors Later This Spring," 14 Mar. 2019 In addition to food, I’m obsessed with: botany and biology. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "The Art of Eating Simply," 21 Feb. 2019 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

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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 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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