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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botanist \ˈbä-​tə-​nist, ˈbät-​nist \ noun

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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 In the first, dangerous botany embodies patriarchal anxieties over female access to education and wisdom. Amandas Ong, The Atlantic, "Why Pop Culture Links Women and Killer Plants," 17 Apr. 2018 From botany to biology to chemistry and on, each chapter explains the many sciences in making alcohol. Sarah Mupo, STAT, "The 39 best health and science books to read this summer," 25 June 2018 And the San Diego Natural History Museum, which coordinated local efforts, gained its own distinction when its botany curator, Jon Rebman, became one of the top identifiers, confirming more than 10,000 species observations. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego places third in international biodiversity competition," 5 May 2018 The novelist suffers no such injunction, but most of them don’t know beans about botany. Barbara Kingsolver, New York Times, "The Heroes of This Novel Are Centuries Old and 300 Feet Tall," 9 Apr. 2018 As sociologist Johnson documents, Hosack went on to establish the nation's first botanical garden—the Elgin Botanic Garden—in the place that is now Rockefeller Center and to launch the American era of botany. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "The True Point of Searching for Alien Life; the Misuse of Genetics and Other New Science Books," 3 July 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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